Ludicrous £150m price tag gives Manchester United easy decision
If Manchester United want to sign Declan Rice this summer they will have to pay a club-record £150m to West Ham.
The Mail claim that the Hammers are prepared to sell their star man this summer, but they will demand a record transfer fee.
The report states that David Moyes’ side have accepted that the England international won’t sign a new contract at the London Stadium and that this summer presents the best time to cash in on their superstar.
However, any interested side is going to have to shatter the British transfer record to meet the Irons’ steep asking price.
The current British transfer record is £100m which Manchester City paid to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa last summer.
Manchester United have long been admirers of Rice and in a summer where our midfield is likely to undergo a major upheaval, the Old Trafford hierarchy would love to bring West Ham’s number 41 to M16.
But if the Red Devils caved to West Ham’s demand, it would likely wipe out our entire summer transfer budget.
The Manchester United squad needs major surgery across several positions and there is no denying Rice would significantly improve our midfield, but splashing out £150m to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams would be naïve.
It wouldn’t get us any closer to the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, as we need reinforcements in several other positions.
However, given Chelsea’ ongoing ownership uncertainty, United could have a free run at Rice whose contract runs until 2024 and the Hammers have the option to extend by a further year.
If Manchester United are the only side set on signing Rice this summer there could be an opportunity to drive the price down, but West Ham are likely to stick to the guns.
The wise decision this summer for Manchester United to make would be to explore other midfield options knowing that Rice’s contract will be slowly running down and West Ham’s valuation will have to naturally drop as a result.
If any side is willing to pay £150m for the all-action midfielder this summer, so be it, but it certainly shouldn’t be Manchester United.