Favorites emerge as Man Utd and Chelsea battle to sign Declan Rice from West Ham

West Hams Declan Rice

Declan Rice is reportedly wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea (Photo: Getty)

Manchester United are thought to be the favorites to pick up West Ham’s Declan Rice this summer.

Rice, 23, has proven to be one of the hottest qualities in the Premier League since breaking into Hammers’ first team in 2017 and becoming the side’s captain.

The English national team player has only two years left on his current contract at London Stadium and has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United.

According to ESPN, however, it is the Red Devils who are most likely to sign Rice with Chelsea hampered by government sanctions and prioritization of defensive additions to replace the outgoing Andreas Christiansen and Antonio Rudiger.

United are desperate to sign a central midfielder this summer as their lack of quality in position plays a role in the team’s matches as they sit in sixth place in the Premier League, eight points behind Arsenal in fourth place, who have a match in hand. .

A problem in any potential deal for Rice would be the fee, with Hammers boss David Moyes suggesting it would take as much as £ 150 million to pick up his star man.

West Hams Declan Rice

Rice has become a cornerstone of England and West Ham (Photo: Getty)

Earlier in the season, Moyes said: ‘The first thing to say is that he’s not for sale. But if you’re interested, yes, £ 100 million was cheap last summer, and £ 150 million right now would be the minimum. ‘

With reports suggesting that future manager Erik ten Hag could have a limited budget to spend on United’s squad this summer, it could prove difficult to spend the entire budget on one player.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Rice will be happy to join a club out of the Champions League and may decide to stay in east London if West Ham can win the Europa League this season and qualify for Europe’s best. competition.

Leeds’ Calvin Phillips has been hailed as an alternative option to Rice, but it is believed the 26-year-old is reluctant to join United as they are a tough rival to his home city club.

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