Manchester United will move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice next summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s situation, according to Goal.
The report suggests that the Hammers will demand a fee of £90m-£100m for the 20-year-old, which would break the club’s own Premier League record fee of £89.3m paid for Paul Pogba.
Having spent big on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, United are reportedly adamant they will back that up with further funds in 2020, with it also being suggested they will move for Kalidou Koulibaly.
Rice is being seen as someone who can occupy a holding midfield role in the United team, breaking down the opposition’s play, while also showing creativity on the ball.
His statistics with West Ham this season indicate that he can fulfil that: defensively, he has averaged 3.8 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 0.6 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game, as per WhoScored.
The England international has also shown what he can do on the ball, averaging 1.3 dribbles per game, while also completing 89.5% of the passes he has attempted in the Premier League this campaign.
West Ham will likely do all they can to keep hold of Rice for as long as they can, due to how integral a part of their team he is, as indicated by the aforementioned statistics.
However, if United do manage to sign the 20-year-old, he would be a brilliant acquisition who could certainly fulfil the role that has been mapped out for him.
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