Manchester United will rival Arsenal in the race to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United this summer, according to The Guardian.
After nine years at the club, the 24-year-old will likely leave the Hammers. West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted there is a good chance he will move.
Arsenal currently lead the race for Rice. They have their sights set on the defensive midfielder and have been laying the groundwork to sign him.
However, West Ham have set a price tag north of £100 million for Rice.
Arsenal will hope to avoid a bidding war that could increase that figure. That will be unlikely with United in the mix, although they may not follow up their interest.
United manager Erik ten Hag is prioritising a move for a striker. The former Ajax boss wants to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Given what it would cost to lure the England captain to Old Trafford, they are unlikely to be able to also shell out for Rice.
The Red Devils have been linked with Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic. The Blues could sell both players this summer and they would be cheaper than Rice.
Mount’s contract expires in 12 months, and they will not want to lose him for free. They could sell him with Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and United showing interest.
Kovacic also has 12 months left on his deal with Chelsea and wants to leave. Man City and Bayern Munich are the front-runners for his signature, but United are now in the race.
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