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Man United boost: Declan Rice used international break to discuss Reds switch with England teammates

Man United boost: Declan Rice used international break to discuss Reds switch with England teammates

 

Word stemming from the English media this week suggests that Declan Rice is growing increasingly keen on a move to Manchester United.

Chelsea amongst suitors

Speculation surrounding the future of West Ham standout Rice has of course resurfaced in a major way of late.

This comes with the deep-lying midfielder enjoying another stellar campaign, which sees David Moyes’ Hammers in the thick of the race for a Premier League top-4 berth.

Alongside Tomas Soucek, Rice has controlled countless fixtures from his berth in the middle of the park, showcasing the kind of poise and intelligence generally associated with players far beyond his years.

Such efforts, though, have inevitably piqued the interest of rival clubs.

In the past, the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham have been tipped to launch bids for the 22-year-old, with young, English talents of course a hot commodity across the Premier League landscape.

Old Trafford bound

Recent weeks, though, have seen another of the English top-flight’s heavyweights emerge as clear front-runners in the Rice sweepstakes.

The outfit in question? Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be on the lookout for a replacement for the aging Nemanja Matic, with Rice having seemingly been identified as the ideal target.

It has even been suggested that the Red Devils could use Jesse Lingard as part of an exchange to land the midfielder.

And, as outlined above, if the latest chatter in the media is to be believed, then Rice himself appears very much open to the prospect of an Old Trafford switch.

As per a report from the Manchester Evening News, the West Ham star took advantage of the latest international break to discuss life in Manchester with some of the club’s Three Lions stars:

‘It is understood Rice spoke specifically to Maguire and Shaw about aspects of United.’

It of course remains to be seen whether such discussions proved to be anything more than an initial sounding out, but, either way, it appears that Rice does indeed possess at least some interest in linking up with Man United this summer.

 

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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