By all accounts, Manchester United arguably had the best transfer window, arguably of any club in Europe, after they were able to bring in Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and dramatically, former player Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, one area that many believe that they have been lacking in for the last couple of years is in defensive midfield, with only really the ageing Nemanja Matic and the unconvincing Fred available to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Chelsea are also understood to have shown a serious interest in the midfielder, who came through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, though so far, West Ham have been able to repel such interest.
Could there be a potential bidding war?
There are reports that it would take in excess of £100 million to convince the Hammers to sell their prized asset, who is excelling for England on the international stage and only growing in stature week-in, week-out for his club.
While there is no doubt, that both Man Utd and Chelsea can afford such a price tag, it remains to be seen where the player would prefer. The Blues recently brought in Spanish international, Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid with an option to buy, which essentially gives them four players competing for two central midfield berths in their 3-4-3 formation.
Ironically, United were also thought to be tracking Niguez, though it potentially comes down to whether Chelsea decide to sign him permanently next summer. Rice would walk straight into the starting lineup at United, likely alongside Paul Pogba, allowing the Frenchman to get forward more.
Based on how Rice develops this season and his exploits, it could see more clubs enter the race for his signature, with PSG always on the hunt for top players, while Real Madrid could also be a possibility as well.
Should United land Rice though, it is understood that he would be the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle at Old Trafford that could see the club challenge for major honours once again over the next few years.
A former Press Association Sports Journalist (NCTJ – National Council for the Training of Journalists), now based in Lisbon, Matt also has over a decade of experience working with the top operator brands. These include Coral, BetVictor, and numerous others, having held a number of senior positions and still retains strong industry relationships. He enjoys reading, writing, travelling, all things business, sport, meeting new people, learning new things and also holds football coaching qualifications.