With Ruben Neves no longer a target, Manchester United’s interest in Declan Rice resurfaces.
Manchester United has been looking for a midfielder throughout the transfer window, but are yet to make a move as the deadline approaches.
Manchester United appear to be on the verge of ending the summer season without bringing in a midfielder after balking at Declan Rice’s asking price and passing on Ruben Neves.
After Donny van de Beek’s move to Old Trafford last season didn’t go as planned, United had been looking for a midfielder for almost a year.
Van van Beek came from Ajax for £40 million last summer, but the Dutchman does not appear to be in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans after a spate of dismal displays.
And, with Fred and Nemanja Matic’s recent performances earning mixed reviews from United fans, there has been a pressing need to add someone to their engine room.
United, on the other hand, did not prioritize central midfield in their transfer strategy, instead adding Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Raphael Varane, according to The Athletic.
United are said to have been unsuccessful in their pursuit of West Ham midfielder Rice after balking at the fee they demanded, however they are still intrigued.
Last season, the 22-year-old was a key player of West Ham’s team, which qualified for the Europa League and is presently in second place in the Premier League.
Rice’s price tag was reportedly boosted to £100 million after some great performances for the England national team at the Euros, catching United off guard, according to the Athletic.
Ruben Neves of Wolves was also rumored to be a target for Solskjaer’s side, but United executives have decided against making a bid for the Portuguese playmaker after much debate.
Since the end of the Premier League season, a slew of other midfielders have been connected with United; Saul Niguez was supposedly offered to United early in the window, but no conversations took place.
More bad news: Eduardo Camavinga was a player United reportedly considered due to his low fee, albeit his desire to join Real Madrid was a factor in why talks never progressed.
United’s transfer spending has remained remarkable this summer, with Ronaldo’s arrival reinvigorating hopes that they may win the Premier League title after an eight-year absence.
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