Manchester United could make a move for West Ham United star Declan Rice this summer.
But plenty of obstacles remain over a potential deal, with Premier League rivals Chelsea linked and West Ham not looking likely to meet anyone halfway when it comes to the transfer fee.
With all that in mind, we have rounded up all the latest when it comes to a potential Rice transfer, including those Manchester United conversations, West Ham’s stance and more.
Rice does United homework
As reported by the MEN on Wednesday, Rice has spoken to some of his England team-mates to get information about the club during the latest internationals.
That could tempt United into a move, given they have been tracking Rice for around two years, though with a centre-back and a striker on the shortlist ahead of this summer, it remains to be seen whether a bid could be forthcoming.
The Chelsea links
Manchester United are not the only club interested in Rice.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move to take Rice back to Stamford Bridge having let him leave the club as a youngster.
It was thought the Blues could make a move for the midfielder last summer with former manager Frank Lampard a self-confessed admirer of the England international.
“It is common knowledge I was a big fan of his,” Lampard told ESPN recently.
“It didn’t happen for various reasons. We obviously brought players in in the summer and it didn’t happen. But I was a big fan of his.”
Lampard’s wishes never came to fruition, and while Chelsea continue to be linked, their interest is said to have cooled with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in Lampard’s place.
What Rice has said
Rice himself has made no bones about the fact he wants to win trophies at his career, perhaps hinting at a move away from West Ham.
“As a footballer you only get one career and it goes by very quick,” he told Sky Sports. “You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies.
“There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants. He’s going to win trophies we all know that.
“I think that’s something I want to aim for as well. I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do.”
What Moyes has said
West Ham boss David Moyes has said it would take ‘Bank of England money’ to get Rice out of West Ham.
“I’m confident he will be here because he’s under contract,” Moyes has said.
“But like anything else, whatever club you’re at even the biggest clubs sometimes sell their best players because they get the right value.
“But 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.
“He’s a really good player and I see him helping us, and I hope he sees what we are trying to do. We’re going to try and add better players and add things to it which would make him excited about being at West Ham in the future.
“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.”
West Ham’s stance
West Ham appear to be clear on what kind of offer it would take for a club to lure Rice this summer.
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Hammers owner David Sullivan reportedly told talkSPORT host Jim White that any bid has “got to be north of £100m or they won’t entertain it.”
Rice is under contract until 2024 and is still only 22, meaning West Ham are in a position to take a firm stance of Rice’s future.
Their position will only be strengthened if they manage to finish in the top four this season, giving the club a financial boost and perhaps convincing Rice that he can fulfil his career aims in east London.