Because of Jack Grealish, Manchester United will have to pay ‘fortunes’ for a midfield target.
The £100 million transfer of Jack Grealish to Manchester City in August set a precedent for other Premier League clubs.
Manchester United’s interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice has been well documented, but a deal for the England international could be difficult to complete, as the Hammers are not in a hurry to sell their star player.
And, if former United right-back Paul Parker is to be believed, Ralf Rangnick’s side may have to pay a fortune to sign him, after Jack Grealish’s £100 million transfer to Manchester City set a precedent for out-of-the-blue deals.
Grealish’s outstanding performance at Aston Villa last season drew interest from clubs all over the world during the summer transfer window.
City were enticed to make a bid for the 26-year-old after he scored six goals and added 15 assists in just 26 Premier League games for his boyhood club.
Pep Guardiola’s side triggered a £100 million release clause in Grealish’s contract after Villa set such a high price in the hope of obtaining a large sum of money.
However, City’s Premier League record of two goals and two assists has many questioning whether the record British transfer fee was worthwhile.
Parker believes United will have to pay at least £160 million for Rice’s services because of Grealish’s poor form and high transfer price.
“Go get Declan Rice if you want to spend a fortune on a midfielder,” Parker said to Bettors.
“Declan is the country’s best central midfielder.
“If City wants to pay £100 million for Jack Grealish, if someone wants to pay £160 million for Declan Rice, you have to pay it because Jack Grealish isn’t worth £100 million.”
“They’ve now established a benchmark.”
“Declan Rice is the closest player Manchester United could ever get to — ‘no, he’s not Bryan Robson, no, he’s not Roy Keane, no, he’s not Paul Ince.’
“He wants to do everything,” says the narrator.
He’s one of those players who begs not to be labeled.
“I’m not a defensive midfielder.”
I don’t want to be labeled as an attacking midfielder because I want to be all over the field trying to control everything.”
Rice’s current contract has two and a half years left on it, so West Ham aren’t in a rush to offload him.
The London-born maestro’s longevity and.
“News from the Brinkwire.”