Man United could make a move for West Ham United’s Declan Rice this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a great job at the helm. However, there is much work ahead for the Manchester United manager.
This summer is make or break. Yes, we’re heading in the right direction but fan patience will only last for so long before trophies become a minimum requirement. There’s a great chance to win a major piece of silverware this season in the Europa League.
However, to compete for a Premier League crown, more is needed. One player Manchester United have identified as a possible target is West Ham’s Declan Rice.
According to The Athletic, United are ‘set to explore’ signing the classy 22-year-old in any deal that could involve Jesse Lingard going the other way.
Apparently, Solskjaer holds a ‘keen interest’ in Rice, who is enjoying an excellent season for both club and country.
In a summer where money will still be tight, it makes sense for United to try and include Lingard in any deal as a makeweight. You’d like to think that as a minimum, Lingard could take somewhere around £25-30m off the Rice transfer fee – even with the Warrington-born-winger having twelve months left on his contract.
That said, you’d expect West Ham to command a total package worth £100million at the very least, meaning the Old Trafford club would still have to stump up £70million+.
Is Rice worth that? Well, he’d be an upgrade on what we currently have in that defensive-midfield role, while Nemanja Matic isn’t getting any younger.
I still like Scott McTominay, but this may be United’s only chance at getting a player like Rice, so it’s probably worth the investment in our opinion.
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