Manchester United have been told they will most likely have to pay a huge sum to seal Declan Rice’s transfer this summer, and that it’s worth beating their midfield rivals West Ham.
The Red Devils are surely set to make plenty of changes this summer after a hugely frustrating season, with Erik ten Hag set to step in as manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked earlier in the campaign and the team’s unconvincing form under the interim boss. Ralf Rannick.
The midfield appears to be an obvious area of weakness for Man Utd to start working on in this summer’s transfer market, and TakenOffside understands Rice should be one of their top targets in the job, although he will likely cost around £150million.
In response to the news, former United and West Ham ace Luke Chadwick admitted he thought it would be a worthwhile investment.
Addressed exclusively to TakenOffsideChadwick has urged the MUFC to go all out for the England international as it would make a “massive statement” in the same vein as when they paid big to sign Rio Ferdinand from Leeds in 2002.
“Declan Rice is a top player. He’s had another fantastic season at West Ham and for England as well. I think if you want these top players you have to pay for them,” Chadwick said.
“It would be a massive statement from Man United to bring him in and it’s a position that has been much maligned over the past two or three years. The current midfielder is a far cry from what we’ve seen at United in the past, and if they want the best in the country right now, they’ll have to pay £150m. I can’t see West Ham accepting less than that.
“I think Rice once said he loved playing at Old Trafford, but there’s the problem that he wouldn’t play Champions League football. Still, maybe the idea of coming to a club like United and being part of their rebuilding process and having the team built around him would interest him.
“I would be surprised if there was no interest from Chelsea, Man City or Liverpool – even if they don’t need a midfielder as much as United, you don’t have too many chances to sign a player like Declan Rice.
“If United could get a free run against him you would hope they would take that opportunity because he is a world class player. For me that would be a big statement like when they did everything for people like Rio Ferdinand in the past.