Man United are interested in signing West Ham United star Declan Rice, making him their first-choice target for the position. The Red Devils are keen on his signature despite not signing a midfielder this summer. Man United are understood to have already discussed the necessary steps needed to take to sign England international.
The bulk of the transfer budget was spent on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, shifting a midfielder to next summer’s list. Declan is contracted until 2024 but isn’t expected to sign a new contract, meaning a move next year is possible.
Man United’s felt there was no ‘attainable’ defensive-midfielder on the market, and so no serious moves were made for one. The Hammers are believed to value Rice at nearly £80m but might be willing to reduce his price next summer.
The 22-year-old midfielder played a pivotal part in the Irons’ campaign last campaign, propelling them towards European qualification. The English midfielder, however, is said to be keen on playing UCL football. The Red Devils lack an out and out ‘number six’ who can shield the back four and control the midfield from deeper positions.
In Fred and Scott Mctominay, Man United have two box-to-box midfielders played out of position. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hence forced to play a pivot, compromising the side’s attacking output. The English midfielder would be a perfect defensive midfielder for the Red Devils. Rice is tenacious, strong and dominant in the air.