Man United have earmarked Declan Rice as their number one midfield transfer target.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for the work he’s done at Old Trafford. Slowly but surely, he’s turned that dressing room into a likeable one, adding genuine quality to the side.
It can be argued the biggest need wasn’t fixed this time around, despite the additions of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. Midfield still remains a major issue for the Old Trafford club.
Well, it seems as though United are already laying the foundations for a big move in that area in twelve months. The story comes from the Manchester Evening News, who believe Declan Rice is firmly on the Reds’ radar.
Apparently, United have identified the 22-year-old as a ‘principal’ target in the key midfield position for next summer.
Furthermore, United figures have already discussed the potential framework for the deal.
Rice is contracted until 2024, meaning the ball is firmly in West Ham’s court. They’re under no genuine pressure to sell unless an astronomical offer comes in.
Solskjaer actually wanted to sign a midfielder this time around but understood that there wasn’t the funds nor the space in the squad to make that happen. However, next time around, that’s seemingly the big goal.
The MEN also allude back to a prior story they ran, in which Rice actually asked his England teammates who play for United about the possibility of him potentially joining them at Old Trafford.
I like Rice, though he wouldn’t be cheap. I know he’s an upgrade on what we have, but is he really that much better than Scott McTominay? I’m not so sure, and it’s a move that somewhat concerns me given the similar style Rice and McTominay play.
That said, United will have to replace an ageing Nemanja Matic with some form of defensive-minded midfielder in twelve months time.