Manchester United plot summer moves for Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly

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Struggling Manchester United are planning to make big-money bids next summer for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. 

United’s squad is in transition and it is widely believed the club will go on a spending spree next summer to try and close the gap to the Champions League places, according to a report on Goal.com. After a poor start – by their standards – to the Premier League, with 9 points from 8 games, it is thought the club will spend big in January and summer 2020.

The Red Devils have been linked with Rice and Koulibaly several times in the past year, although they have never got as far as making a formal bid for either player.

Rice is seen as the ideal man for the defensive midfielder position – current squad members Fred and Nemanja Matic have both been underwhelming this season. However, West Ham will drive a hard bargain if they are to be tempted into parting with one of their star players. It is thought West Ham’s owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, will want up to £80 million for the England international.

Meanwhile Koulibaly has become one of the highest rated central defenders in Europe for his performances for Napoli in Serie A and the Champions League in recent seasons. He is viewed as the man to go alongside Harry Maguire in the centre of defence. Again, a hard bargain would be driven for his signature and it could take up to £100 million to secure him. United would also doubtless face heavy competition from other European club giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as rivals Manchester City.