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Manchester United earmark West Ham’s Declan Rice as principle midfield target for next summer

Manchester United earmark West Ham’s Declan Rice as principle midfield target for next summer

Manchester United have earmarked Declan Rice as a top midfield target for the 2022 summer transfer window, according to reports.

Man United need a central midfielder

Manchester United enjoyed one of the best 2021 summer transfer windows of all 20 Premier League clubs.

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have been brought in to strengthen two previously weak areas of the Red Devils’ squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo was then also secured during the final week of the window, and is no doubt set to improve United’s attacking threat.

But despite a pretty successful window, there is still one glaring problem area which the Manchester giants need to address, which comes, of course, in defensive midfield.

There are a couple of reasons for this, with the main one to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer licence to actually play Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the same midfield three, without being too exposed defensively.

Pogba is a quality midfielder, but when played in a pivot alongside Fred or Scott McTominay, it is safe to say that United look vulnerable.

Man United eyeing Declan Rice

The easy solution to this would be to sign a top-quality defensive midfielder, something United currently do not have on their books.

And now, as mentioned above, a recent report from the Manchester Evening News suggests that this is exactly what the Red Devils intend to do next summer.

As per the MEN:

Manchester United have earmarked Declan Rice as their principal midfield target in next year’s summer transfer window.

Rice is currently contracted to West Ham until 2024, but is not expected to sign a new contract, which would leave him with just two years left to run on his deal next summer.

The midfielder, despite still being only 22, has a wealth of Premier League and international experience, and would, on paper, be the perfect signing for United.

No potential fee is mentioned in the report, but it is hard to see the Hammers letting him go on the cheap.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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