Man City are interested in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and reports suggest they are prepared to battle with Manchester United next summer for his signature.
The West Ham star was a priority target in midfield for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Stretty News understands a move suffered a setback after the club came to the conclusion the player was being priced out of a transfer.
According to The Sun, City have been tracking the 22-year-old ever since he first made the breakthrough into the West Ham side as a promising young central defender, with his valuation set at £100m.
Rice has developed his game to become one of the biggest midfield names in the Premier League and an important part of the England team that reached the Euro 2020 final, so it’s no wonder that the best teams are starting to look at him and take his pedigree seriously.
The English newspaper reckons 36-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho will leave City at the end of the season and they could see Rice as his successor – potentially putting understudy Rodri in a sticky situation.
It is also claimed in the report that John Murtough and Darren Fletcher have earmarked Rice as the player who could take the club on to the next level.