Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says he would love to see his former club sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
The England international is believed to be a target for the Red Devils, with Chelsea and Manchester City also reportedly tracking the player, and Ferdinand believes the 22-year-old would be a great signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side:
“I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I’m a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing. He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him they’ve done unbelievably well. I think he does well staying at West Ham or if he goes.”
Rice’s price tag is the biggest obstacle to any deal happening. West Ham are not willing to let him leave for less than £100m, which is an extremely high figure that United are unlikely to match.
Ferdinand is, however, correct to highlight Rice as someone who would strengthen the Manchester club’s options in the middle of the park. He would actually be a perfect replacement for Nemanja Matic, who is coming to the end of his career at Old Trafford.
At this stage, it does seem as though Rice will be staying with the Hammers for another season, but we shall see what happens next summer.