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Man Utd ‘pull out’ of Declan Rice transfer after balking at West Ham’s valuation

Manchester United have reportedly ended their interest in Declan Rice after being put off by West Ham’s £100million asking price.

Rice, 22, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent years, while Chelsea are also said to be admirers of their former academy player.

The young midfielder has become a key member of West Ham’s midfield since bursting onto the scene in 2017, with David Moyes handing him the vice-captaincy last season.

He has also cemented his place in the middle of the park for England, helping Gareth Southgate’s men reach the Euro 2020 final in the summer.



Declan Rice
Manchester United have reportedly ended their interest in Declan Rice

As a result, the Hammers are understood to value Rice at a whopping £100million – which has deterred United from going after him.

According to ESPN, Old Trafford chiefs feel they can find an equally-talented midfielder abroad for a lower transfer fee, meaning they have began searching for alternative targets.

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Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward looks on during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and West Ham United Women
Old Trafford chiefs feel they can find an equally-talented midfielder abroad for less than West Ham’s £100million asking price

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly a fan of the England international, but it is believed there are ‘contrasting opinions’ at the club over whether Rice would significantly improve their side.

For a player rated at £100million, certain members of the United hierarchy have concerns over Rice’s speed on and off the ball.



Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United is challenged by Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United
Certain members of the United hierarchy have concerns over Rice’s speed on and off the ball

That will come as music to the ears of Chelsea, who are still interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge at some point in the near future.

Manchester City have also been tipped to sign Rice, but with just under three years still to run on his contract West Ham are in a position to demand a huge fee.



Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City fist bumps with Thomas Tuchel, manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Chelsea and Manchester City have also been tipped to sign the England ace



Man Utd 'pull out' of Declan Rice transfer after balking at West Ham's valuation

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United are unwilling to fork out such a hefty amount after spending £130million on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo – who they handed a £25million-a-year contract – over the summer.

Chelsea and City also spent around £100million respectively on Romelu Lukaku and Jack Grealish, meaning they could be reluctant to stump up the same fee for Rice next year.

Man Utd 'pull out' of Declan Rice transfer after balking at West Ham's valuation
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