Manchester United are ready to challenge Chelsea after reigniting their interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice, according to Football Insider.
Rice was previously on Chelsea’s books before he decided to move to West Ham and he has established himself as a fully-fledged England international during his time at the London Stadium. Chelsea are keen to bring their academy graduate back to Stamford Bridge, but the Red Devils have now entered the race to sign him in the summer.
The 21-year-old, who plays as a defensive midfielder, has played 35 games in the Premier League this season, supplying two assists, winning 3.1 tackles per game, averaging 1.9 interceptions, and successfully completing 1.3 clearances per game on average (via WhoScored).
Rice can also be deployed in the back line and his versatility could prove useful wherever he ends up.
The Englishman, who is best friends with Chelsea’s Mason Mount, has been one of the few highlights in a difficult season for the Hammers, as they find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle at the bottom of the table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have a shortage of midfielders at Manchester United, as he can call upon the likes of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Fred. However, Nemanja Matic remains the club’s only designated defensive midfielder, which could become a problem in the future as he isn’t getting any younger.
Given his young age, Rice could turn out to be a shrewd investment, as his valuation is likely to increase if he can maintain his solid form. Even if he is signed and the move doesn’t work out as hoped, Solskjaer would still have gained a valuable asset, as he is currently valued at £44.5m via Transfermarkt.
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