Manchester United Ready to Rival Arsenal for Declan Rice: A Player-Plus-Cash Deal
The race to sign West Ham’s Declan Rice is heating up, with Manchester United now reportedly considering a player-plus-cash deal to rival Arsenal for the midfielder’s signature. The Hammers have accepted that Rice, their 24-year-old captain, may leave the club this summer, and are demanding a significant fee for the England international.
Arsenal have already had two bids rejected, the latest being a substantial £90 million offer. However, United are now contemplating a move of their own, potentially involving Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay as part of the deal. West Ham has shown interest in McTominay, and manager David Moyes is a known admirer of Maguire.
Despite these developments, it is understood that Rice is more likely to join Arsenal, who are expected to submit a third offer. However, United’s interest could spark a bidding war, which would be advantageous for West Ham.
Both Maguire and McTominay have reportedly been put up for sale by United this summer as part of Erik ten Hag’s plans to reshape his squad and increase his spending power. However, Maguire’s wage expectations could be a stumbling block for a move to West Ham, and it remains to be seen whether McTominay would be open to a switch to East London.
Manchester City are also said to be keen on Rice and could potentially outbid their rivals given their financial resources. Stay tuned for more updates as they unfold.