Declan Rice may not be moving to Man United after all…
I think it’s fair to say that defensive midfield was probably Manchester United’s biggest need come the end of the summer transfer window.
Sadly, there was no player acquired to fill that void. I guess it was always going to be tough to plug all the gaps in one window.
One name consistently linked with a potential United switch is Declan Rice. The West Ham midfielder had a stunning EURO 2020, on the back of a season where he improved endlessly at West Ham United.
However, that pursuit may already be over, almost a year out from the 2022 summer window. The story comes from ESPN, who state that United officials have been urged to look elsewhere for a new midfielder for two reasons.
First, West Ham’s asking price has been deemed too high. Time and time again I’ve seen a £100m figure being mentioned by the media in regards to Rice. That’s absolutely massive, though the English premium plays into that no doubt…
Next comes doubts about Rice being able to ‘significantly improve’ the team. That’s not to say the Englishman isn’t an excellent player. He obviously is. However, is he a drastic upgrade on Scott McTominay? I’m not convinced. It’s definitely not a £100m upgrade, that’s for sure.
Although Solskjaer is a ‘big admirer’ of Rice, United’s recruitment team is ‘yet to be convinced’ about whether he is a player who can take us to that next level. I genuinely believe that’s a fair assessment. This isn’t to say Rice is a bad player. I just question whether it’s the right fit.
If the asking price was to come down, albeit it’d have to be significantly reduced, then I’d imagine United’s interest would be peaked again…
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