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Manchester City To Rival Manchester United For This English Midfielder: Should Pep Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Manchester City are set to rival Manchester United for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. It is understood that the Mancunian giants are ready to join the race to land the English midfield ace this summer.

Rice’s Decent Run Of Form In English Football

Rice has enjoyed a solid campaign at the London Stadium as he has put in a series of influential performances at the heart of David Moyes’ midfield. The 23-year-old has been involved in 44 matches for West Ham this season in multiple competitions.

The London-born talent deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 0.7 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after making 91.6% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Declan Rice of West Ham United is challenged by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Snap Rice Up This Summer?

Rice is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to make a few important interceptions at the back. He usually clears the danger when needed and can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back.

The 29-time England international can even make some energetic runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area and can retain possession well for his team at the centre of the park.

Currently, Rice is playing at a high level which makes him a perfect fit for Man City to consider this summer. We can expect the West Ham star to add more quality and depth to Pep Guardiola‘s midfield department. He could even help the Premier League leaders to win even more trophies over the next few years.

Plus, Rice could serve as an ideal long-term successor to Fernandinho who is edging closer to the end of his career at the Etihad Stadium. At 23, the future is quite bright for the English sensation as long as he can steer clear of injuries. With all things considered, the Mancunian giants would be wise to snap Rice up when the transfer window reopens later this summer.

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