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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.

Manchester United plot huge January bid for West Ham star Declan Rice

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Manchester United are lining up a bid of in excess of £90 million for West Ham United midfielder this coming January, according to reports.

The Daily Express claims that United are mulling over a bid as they look to bolster their midfield.

United were said to be interested in 20-year-old Rice in the summer, but didn’t make a bid. West Ham’s bosses had also been clear they wouldn’t sell.

However, United may well firm up their interest when the transfer window reopens as they look for a long-term defensive midfielder. Given the current transfer market, it has been speculated that it could take a bid of £90 million for West Ham to part with one of their most prized assets.

Rice has risen to prominence in the last 18 months, establishing himself in the Hammers side with a series of impressive performances before breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The player himself has said he is happy at the London Stadium, but whether concrete interest from a club playing European football would turn his head remains to be seen.

Manchester United line up £50 million bid for West Ham United star Declan Rice

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Manchester United are planning to make a £50 million bid to bring West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice to Old Trafford this summer according to reports. 

Rice, 20, has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Premier League. He has become a fixture in the Hammers’ midfield with a string of impressive performances in the defensive midfield role.

His form has also seen him break into the England side in the past month. However, this did require a switch in nationality – he had previously appeared for the Republic if Ireland, although only in friendlies.

United have been previously linked to a bid for Rice. New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be shifting transfer policy at Old Trafford from signing established stars to bringing in the best young talents, with Rice at the top of the list.

Rumours have again surfaced of a £50 million bid, this time in the Irish Independent. 

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has recently admitted that if a big money offer came in for the player – who came through the Hammers’ academy system – then the club could sell.

For Rice, a move to United would be tempting. Not only could they offer a substantially higher wage than his current £30,000 per week salary, they could also offer European football – be that Champions League or Europa League.

Manchester City eye West Ham wonderkid Declan Rice as Fernandinho replacement

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Premier League champions Manchester City are plotting a summer bid for West Ham United’s teenage midfielder Declan Rice as they look for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, according to reports.

City manager Pep Guardiola is apparently keeping tabs on the teenager, who has cemented his place in the Hammers’ first team this season with a series of impressive and assured displays, with an eye to a bid in the summer. The way Rice reads the game and influences play has been likened to his Brazilian counterpart.

Fernandinho has been a mainstay for City in recent seasons but will turn 34 before the end of the season, so Guardiola is looking to the medium-term and finding a replacement for him, given that there is no obvious candidate within the current first team squad.

Guardiola will monitor Rice’s progress for the rest of the season to see if he can maintain his form throughout a season.

Rice, 19, only signed a new five-year contract last month – which means that West Ham can demand top dollar for him – but this is apparently not putting City off, according to The Sun. After all, money is no object for the Saudi-backed club.

The youngster has also yet to decide on his international future. He is eligible to play for England and the Republic of Ireland. England boss Gareth Southgate names his next squad next month, and it is thought he is keen to secure Rice for the Three Lions. This may also have a bearing on Guardiola’s thinking as he will count as a home-grown player.

Any bid for Rice will likely have to be in excess of £50 million, given his contract length, age and potential.