May 14, 2021

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The Manchester United players who could unlock Declan Rice transfer

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Manchester United are planning for a busy transfer window this summer and there are plenty of candidates to make to move to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in the market for a central-defensive partner for Harry Maguire, while Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is the club’s priority target in the hunt for a new striker.

A new midfielder is also on the cards for Solskjaer’s side and the MEN understands that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is interested in a proposed move to Old Trafford.

The England international has shone for the Hammers this season, playing a starring role for David Moyes’ side in their unexpected push for Champions League qualification and will be an integral member of Gareth Southgate’s side at the European Championships this summer.


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Contracted with the east London side until 2024, with West Ham having the option to extend that agreement by a further 12 months, the Hammers are under no pressure to sell and could command a significant fee in the market for Rice‘s services.

That could cause problems for United, as the pursuit of Haaland is likely to cost in excess of £100million if an agreement with the Norwegian forward is secured.

Meanwhile, a new defensive partner for Maguire will also command a considerable outlay, with United needing to sell certain players if they are to land the majority of their targets this summer.

Fortunately, United do have some players on their books which could come into play during negotiations with West Ham in the transfer market.

Jesse Lingard has shone on loan at the London Stadium since moving to the club in January, with an impressive return of eight goals and three assists in just nine Premier League appearances.

That form has seen Lingard’s international career revitalised, earning a spot in Southgate’s side for the recent international break. He now has a huge chance of making the squad for this summer’s European Championships, where impressive performances may increase his value further.



Jesse Lingard has been in superb form for West Ham this season during his loan spell from Manchester United.
Jesse Lingard has been in superb form for West Ham this season during his loan spell from Manchester United.

West Ham are interested in signing Lingard on a permanent basis and United have some room to negotiate, having triggered a one-year extension in his deal last year to ensure that he cannot leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Rice’s potential move to United may also cause a domino effect in Solskjaer’s squad, with the 22-year-old likely to become a regular starter, which would push Fred or Scott McTominay out of the starting line-up and in turn would knock Nemanja Matic’s standing in the squad.

The Serbian midfielder has previously been linked with a move to West Ham and could also be used as a makeweight in negotiations with Moyes’ side for a deal bringing Rice in the other direction.

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Phil Jones, who has not featured for United in almost 15 months, is another player with an uncertain future at United who has also previously been linked with a move to east London.

While his transfer value has plummeted amid persistent injury issues and a long exile from the United team, he remains contracted with United until 2023, meaning United could demand a fee.

Moyes worked with Jones during his time in charge of United, from 2013 to 2014, and his connections to the club could prove valuable this summer.

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