Manchester United Preparing £80m Bid For This English Midfielder: What Will He Add To Ole’s Side?

Declan Rice of England in action during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium on September 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Premier League giants Manchester United are readying up a bid in the region of £80m, in an attempt to lure English midfield star Declan Rice to Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window. Although the report suggests that the Red Devils have made Rice their primary summer target, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s influence could tempt the board to move for him in the winter window itself.

It has also been claimed in the same report that Manchester United have their eyes set on a couple of more stars to bolster their squad, in an attempt to save their season. Tottenham’s Danish star Christian Eriksen’s contract at Spurs expires soon, meaning that at the turn of the year, United can begin pre-contractual talks with him. The saga surrounding United target Mario Mandzukic could also be solved over the next few months.

What Are Manchester United’s Most Glaring Issues Within The Squad?

Since Ole took charge at Old Trafford permanently, things have just gone from bad to worse for Manchester United. The lack of quality across every position is very apparent to see in the squad. Without the presence of Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, there seems to be a general lack of conviction about the team. The defence has been a concern for the longest time now; although they brought in Harry Maguire from Leicester City, he’s not had quite the effect that Virgil Van Dijk had at Liverpool.

In the offensive end as well, Manchester United’s lack of a proper goalscorer has hurt them drastically this season. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, between themselves, have become responsible for scoring most of United’s goals, effectively taking one creative source out of the picture, every time they attack. Similarly, another frustrating concern for United fans would be the lack of a true leader in this group of players.

What Would Declan Rice Add To This Manchester United Crop?

Undeniably one of the brightest talents in English football today, the youngster has been nothing short of a revelation since coming through the ranks at West Ham United. Formerly a Chelsea player, the midfielder has gone on to make quite a name for himself over the last year. He adds a degree of rigidity to any midfield line, making them harder to break down on the counter-attack.

A player who is primarily more adept at dealing with defensive situations, the youngster is more than capable of contributing from an attacking viewpoint as well. He’s played in 11 league matches so far this season, and his team are level on points with Manchester United, near the middle of the table. His work rate in the middle of the park would be a massive boost to Ole’s European aspirations this season.

Will Manchester United Be Able To Sign Declan Rice in January?

The acquisition of a playmaking midfielder is undoubtedly the need of the hour at Old Trafford. If they’re able to bring in a budding English talent like Declan Rice, it would be a massive boost to their stock this season. Although the Hammers are said to be holding out for a fairly big fee next summer, given the right situation, this move could well take place in January, if West Ham are remunerated satisfactorily.

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