Both clubs are thought to be interested in signing the West Ham midfielder, but the latter are unable to do anything until owner Roman Abramovich sells the west London outfit.
What is the latest news involving Rice?
Despite the likes of Erik ten Hag’s new side and Chelsea circling, West Ham are reportedly confident that Rice will remain at the London Stadium next season.
One source has told the MailOnline that there is a belief that the Hammers can keep hold of the England international for at least another year in a huge boost to David Moyes.
The above could change, however, if a £150m bid arrives, with Moyes revealing last month that the aforementioned number is around the club’s valuation of Rice.
According to The Telegraph, as well as United and Chelsea, Manchester City also have an interest in Rice but are wary of another Harry Kane saga.
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What has Jones said about United and Rice?
With Chelsea basically a frozen asset that cannot do much right now, Jones believes United have a free run at Rice.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the football journalist said: “United have a clear run at it at the moment because Chelsea can’t negotiate.
“Until that barrier is lifted and Chelsea can start talking and actually make a bid, United are obviously going to hope this takeover drags on a little bit because the longer it does drag on, United might get a head start in terms of persuading Declan Rice that he could be their new leader.”
Will United sign Rice this summer?
United do look to be in the driving seat to sign Rice if West Ham ease their stance.
There are a lot of unknowns with Chelsea right now, while City’s interest does not seem to be as strong as their neighbours’.
On top of that, the Citizens also look to be prioritising the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, so United quite clearly have an opportunity. There is only one problem: West Ham.
With Rice’s contract not up until 2024, there is just no pressure for them to sell him this summer. It is why the price stands at £150m, which makes a deal possible for a club like United, but still unlikely given that the most they have ever spent on one player is £89m.
Ultimately, unless that valuation comes down, Rice is still probably going to be a West Ham player at the start of the 2022/23 season.