West Ham United expect Manchester United target Declan Rice exit
Premier League rivals West Ham United expect Manchester United target Declan Rice to leave in the upcoming transfer window.
The Red Devils have been linked with the England international and are one of his potential destinations this summer. Apart from the Old Trafford side, Arsenal and Chelsea in the English top flight, as well as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, have him on their radar.
When asked by talksSPORT (h/t Manchester Evening News) whether the midfielder would leave, the Hammers’ chairman David Sullivan confirmed that the 24-year-old was promised an exit.
“I think it has to be. We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going.”
Rice made his way through the youth ranks at the Irons before making a place for himself in the first team. Over the years, the English national has been a key player for the London Stadium side.
The 24-year-old is also the captain of West Ham at such a young age. Season after season, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength and has developed into one of the best enforcers in the league.
Rice managed to lift the UEFA Europa Conference League title with the Hammers recently after beating Fiorentina in the final. David Moyes’ team are set to play in the Europa League next season.
Man United signed Casemiro last summer. The Brazil international has brought much-needed quality to the Red Devils’ engine room. In the 2022/23 campaign, the former Real Madrid star was pivotal to Erik ten Hag’s plans.
However, the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred have failed to provide adequate cover when the 31-year-old has been absent. As a result, we have struggled without him in the team.
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But Rice is a quality talent who will evidently expect regular minutes wherever he goes. Unfortunately, that seemingly would not be guaranteed at the Old Trafford side, with Casemiro in a fine vein of form.