Manchester United have been interested in England international and West Ham star Declan Rice for quite some time and the latest reports are intriguing.
Few months ago, the young defensive midfielder was linked with the Old Trafford club and back then, his market value was around £50million (The Irish Independent).
Now, according to The Express, the Red Devils will have to pay an astonishing amount to hire the services of Rice.
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The British source have mentioned that the Hammers have slapped a mammoth price tag of £100million on their prized asset to ward off interest from Man United and Man City.
West Ham started the new season with a 5-0 defeat against the Sky Blues but they have bounced back brilliantly. Pellegrini’s team are currently 5th in the table after 7 fixtures, level on points with 4th placed Arsenal.
The Hammers have kept three clean sheets in their last four league outings and Rice has been impressive as their main play breaker. The 20-year-old holding midfield starlet has already featured 5 times for England’s senior international side.
Last month, former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, heavily praised the younsgter and told Football Insider:
“West Ham have got a really special player on their hands. They will struggle to hold on to him (Rice), because the big clubs will be hot on his trail.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer let midfielders like Fellaini and Herrera depart in the last two transfer windows and did not replace them. Therefore, the midfield department should be reinforced in January.
In your opinion, is Declan Rice really worth £100million? Three years ago, we broke the club’s transfer record to re-sign Pogba for £89million (BBC). Should we break our transfer record to lure Rice?
What an absolute waste of money! Even worse than paying 80m for Maguire! Just because he’s English? No wonder we are a has-been team.
Not a hope, Keep dreaming.
An even bigger, stupider waste of money than the Maguire debacle. Just because he’s English we have to buy him? He’s bang average. For half that price we could buy a top, world-class continental or Latin American player but no, we must go for mediocrity again to perpetuate our mistakes and make sure we never rise above mid-table. I cannot understand the logic, really.