May 14, 2021

Man Utd


Manchester United might have to pay £40m over value to seal Rice transfer

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Manchester United could be tempted into a move for West Ham United star Declan Rice this summer, but just how much will they have to overpay?

The Manchester Evening News understands Rice spoke to England teammates about the possibility of making a move to Old Trafford during the latest England camp.

It’s understood Rice spoke with United stars Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about the prospect of making the switch, attempting to gauge whether a move could be on the cards.

It’s understood United have tracked Rice for around two years, but they are not the only club to have shown interest, with Chelsea heavily linked with taking Rice back to Stamford Bridge.

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Whoever does make a move will have to get to grips with the fact they might have to overpay to secure Rice’s services, or at least according to the latest valuations.

The CIES Football Observatory‘s latest valuations see Rice as being worth £62.4million, while Transfermarkt have the England star’s value at £54m.

West Ham owner David Sulivan has said he won’t accept less than £100m to sell Rice, and that’s hardly surprising given the midfielder has been key in helping the Hammers’ challenge for a Champions League spot this season.

The 22-year-old is under contract at the London Stadium until 2024, and that’s why David Moyes doesn’t see him going anywhere any time soon.

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“I’m confident he will be here because he’s under contract,” Moyes has said.

“My intention is not to sell Declan at all, my intention is to keep him. But we can’t stop other clubs making offers, I’m guessing you boys will probably speculate because he’s out there, but the truth is we’ve had no offers or nothing, nobody has come to us.

“My plan is, you know what I think of Declan, I think he is a future captain of West Ham going forward. When Mark Noble comes to an end then hopefully it will be Declan Rice, so we’ve no intention of letting him go. If it does come it will need to be the Bank of England money.”

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