Declan Rice: West Ham United Ace Included on Four-Man Manchester United Shortlist

Declan Rice in action for West Ham United

Since making his debut for West Ham United in 2017, Declan Rice has emerged as one of the England’s most promising young talents.

A combative midfielder who is capable of providing defensive security as well the occasional attacking spark, the 22-year-old could potentially become a world-class operator in the coming years.

However, whilst the Hammers will be determined to keep him at the London Stadium this summer, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he attracts a great deal of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Will Rice stay at West Ham during the transfer window? What clubs are interested in signing the midfielder?

Let us shed some light below…

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What’s the latest transfer news involving Declan Rice?

Considering that Rice is now a mainstay in England’s starting eleven, it is perhaps not a shock that he is generating a lot of interest from Premier League clubs ahead of the summer.

According to The Athletic, it was revealed that Manchester United could potentially use Jesse Lingard as a makeweight in a potential deal for Rice.

The Red Devils midfielder has set the London Stadium alight with his recent displays and is understood to be on the Irons’ wish-list for the upcoming transfer window.

21/05/2021: As per a report by The Athletic, Rice still remains United’s first-choice option this summer in terms of their defensive-midfield targets.

Considering that he is an integral part of West Ham’s setup, the Red Devils may have to submit a significant bid in order to have a chance of luring him away from London.

24/05/2021: According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a swoop for Rice as manager Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his central-midfield options ahead of next season.

It is understood that Tammy Abraham could be included in a player-plus-cash deal for the West Ham man.

27/05/2021: United are reportedly ready to test the Hammers’ resolve in the upcoming transfer window by pursuing a deal for Rice, according to the Evening Standard.

However, it is though that the midfielder is currently happy at West Ham who are unwilling to sell him.

01/06/2021: Rice is one of four players who the Red Devils are looking to bring to Old Trafford, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The midfielder is currently on a shortlist alongside Raphael Varane, Harry Kane and long-term target Jadon Sancho.

What are the odds on Declan Rice’s next club?

According to the bookies, Chelsea are currently the favourites to secure his services according to Oddschecker.

Manchester United are second favourites whilst Manchester City are third in line.

Arsenal are fourth favourites ahead of Liverpool who will be looking to bolster their squad this summer after a relatively underwhelming 2020/21 campaign in the Premier League.

Below is the rundown of the current odds:

Chelsea – 3/1

Manchester United – 4/1

Manchester City – 10/1

Arsenal – 11/1

Liverpool – 18/1

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What is Declan Rice’s style of play?

After being converted from a central defender into a defensive midfielder, Rice has gone from strength-to-strength in the Premier League.

As well as being fantastic at tackling and intercepting, the England international’s ability to dictate the tempo of a game from his position has allowed West Ham to achieve a great deal of success in recent months.

Whilst Rice still needs to work on the attacking side of his game in order to become a true box-to-box midfielder, it wouldn’t be a surprising if he continues to make considerable strides in terms of his development.

Considering that Chelsea are the favourites to sign Rice, it could be argued that the midfielder may thrive in a tandem with N’Golo Kante who is unquestionably one of the world’s best players.

How many goals has Declan Rice scored during his career?

Whilst the midfielder isn’t exactly known for his goal-scoring escapades, he has still managed to find the back of the net on five occasions for West Ham in the Premier League whilst he has also provided five assists for his team-mates.

At international level, Rice has scored one goal in 17 appearances for England to date and will be hoping to add to this tally in the upcoming European Championship.

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