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How Frank Lampard getting sacked could see United gazump Chelsea in race for midfield target

Frank Lampard’s sacking from Chelsea could benefit Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

We may be guilty of clutching for straws but the Declan Rice to Manchester United rumours have never completely went away. I have never been his biggest fan but it’s clear that we could benefit from signing a better defensive midfielder. The question for Rice is does he suit and compliment United’s playing style?

Lampard’s dismissal as Chelsea manager could open the path for United to pursue the West Ham midfielder, and it turns out David Moyes is already looking to add Jesse Lingard to his squad for the remainder of the season.

The Athletic claimed Lampard wanted Chelsea to sign Rice, but he clashed with members of the hierarchy, who didn’t want to pay big money for a player the club released as a teenager. Sounds very familiar to how we re-signed Paul Pogba without selling as many newspapers.

Moreover, The Mirror suggested last month that Rice preferred a move to Chelsea over United, with his dad being a season ticket holder. That didn’t stop ESPN last week claiming that United would step up their pursuit of the England international.

That path is not very clear at the moment, and 90Min add that Man City and Liverpool are both monitoring the West Ham star.

United need a defensive midfielder to succeed Nemanja Matic and Rice ticks several boxes, along with the versatility to play centre-back if ever called upon. He is just 22 with 118 games in the top flight under his belt already.

Do you think United should make a move for Rice in the summer?

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