Manchester United have made Declan Rice their No.1 transfer target, but could face competition from Manchester City for the West Ham hero.
United had been keen to sign the 22-year old midfielder, and they were also interested in a deal in the recent summer window.
West Ham slapped a price of £100million on the England international, and that quickly killed off any interest from Old Trafford and Chelsea, who have also been linked with the star.
The Red Devils did not want to lamp out another astronomical fee after spending £73million to sign long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Raphael Varane also arrived for a chunky fee, while Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-year deal worth £25million following his dramatic return from Juventus.
A deal for Rice was pushed back by all of these moves, but the Hammers’ midfielder is now at the top Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shopping list.
That’s according to The Independent, whose report suggests people close to the London-born ace are hinting that a move to United is almost certain to happen next summer.
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City are also believed to be big fans of the former Chelsea youth-teamer, viewing him as a long-term successor to defensive midfield lynchpin and skipper Fernandinho.
Rice made his debut in the West Ham first-team during the 2017-18 season. Since then, he has played 150 games and been elected vice-captain.
Rice’s performance last season was noticed by Gareth Southgate as England manager. Rice was a key member of the side that reached final of the European Championship.
He has continued his upward trajectory at the start of the current campaign, helping the Hammers to an unbeaten start to the season both at home and in Europe.
With a stunning solo goal, the defensive midfielder was able to give West Ham a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Europa League group stage opener.
Rice is an in-demand player, but the question remains as to where he will be playing football next season.