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Man Utd plot move for West Ham United’s Declan Rice

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.

Man Utd plot move for West Ham United’s Declan Rice

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.

Over the last couple of years, they have been closely watching the development of West Ham United and England star Declan Rice, whose stock has risen considerably, however, they have not been the only ones doing so, while a move for the player next summer appears to be a realistic possibility.

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.