Manchester City renew interest in Declan Rice transfer
Manchester City have renewed their interest in signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, according to a report.
The Lowdown: Rice set to leave
Rice’s current contract is set to expire at the end of next season, meaning West Ham could look to cash in at the end of this campaign, although a deal will be very expensive, with David Moyes previously saying £100m would be cheap.
Man City have been linked with the midfielder in the past, however there has been more recent talk about him signing for Chelsea, who are said to be speaking about a deal, while Liverpool are also ‘really interested’.
The Latest: Interest renewed
According to a report from 90min, the Sky Blues have renewed their interest in the Englishman, who is expected to move on at the end of the campaign, in order to fulfil his ambition of winning trophies.
It is stated that City could look to sign the 24-year-old as a potential replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, whose future at the club is not guaranteed, while there are also doubts about Kalvin Phillips.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Given that Man City have won four out of the last five Premier League titles, they are seemingly well-placed to sign the England international, as there is no doubt that a move to the Etihad Stadium would allow him to compete for silverware.
Lauded as ‘utterly sensational’ by sections of the media, the maestro’s passing ability would make him very well-suited to a Pep Guardiola side, averaging a completion rate of 89.4% over the past year, a figure that places him in the 93rd percentile compared to other midfielders.
There are also indications that he would be an upgrade on Gundogan, at least defensively speaking, averaging more interceptions, blocks and tackles per 90 than the German over the past year.
The one thing that could potentially hinder City in their pursuit of Rice is the uncertainty at the club in light of the recent Premier League charges, however if they are able to win the race, he would be an excellent addition to the squad.