What Man Utd have been told by West Ham about Declan Rice transfer amid Paul Pogba threat

 

What Man Utd have been told by West Ham about Declan Rice transfer amid Paul Pogba threat


To sign Declan Rice from West Ham this summer, Manchester United will have to spend a club record amount.



According to reports, Manchester United has been advised by West Ham that if they are forced to sell Paul Pogba, it will cost them close to £100 million to sign Declan Rice this summer.



The Red Devils are making preparations in case it is determined after conversations with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Pogba should depart Old Trafford this summer.


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    After representing France at Euro 2020, the France international will soon return to pre-season training and will meet with Solskjaer to discuss his future.

    Given that his current contract expires in 2022 and he has rejected an improved deal, Paris Saint-Germain is considering a low-cost move for the 28-year-old.

    According to reports, the Frenchman is open to returning to his hometown to join Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League-chasing club.



    According to the Daily Star, if Pogba informs United that he wants to leave this summer rather than wait until the end of his contract next year, the club will look for a replacement.

    One of their key targets is Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, who United feel could be bought for £50 million.

    After signing former Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul this summer, the La Liga giants are reported to be open to offers.

    United, in addition to their long-standing admiration for Saul, are also fans of West Ham's Rice.



    The 22-year-old, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, was outstanding for West Ham last season, helping them finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League.

    Rice superbly anchored the Hammers' midfield and even captained the squad 22 times in the Premier League before excelling for England at Euro 2020 alongside Leeds' Kalvin Phillips as the Three Lions reached the final.


    What Man Utd have been told by West Ham about Declan Rice transfer amid Paul Pogba threat


    But United have been advised that if they want to take him away from the London Stadium, they will have to pay a club-record sum, thus ruling out any possibility of a transfer, with West Ham desperate not to lose their most important player.



    Solskjaer has already spent more than £110 million on signing England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

    The club announced on Tuesday night that they had reached an agreement in principle to sign French center-back Varane, who will undergo a physical in the coming weeks before making the move.

    If Pogba leaves, United will still need to replace him in midfield, but Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga or Saul would be far cheaper options than Rice.

    Right-back for Atletico Madrid and England United is also interested in Kieran Trippier, although Atletico Madrid is thought to want roughly £34 million for the defender, who turns 31 in September.



    Exits are expected to be necessary for United to undertake any further transactions, though Pogba departing would bring in roughly £50 million while also freeing up pay bill space.

    However, when asked about Pogba's future, Solskjaer stated that he was convinced the World Cup champion will still be at United for the 2021-22 season.

    "Talks between Paul's representatives and our club representatives are underway," he stated.

    "There is always conjecture about Paul, and clubs are constantly interested because we have seen Paul at his finest.



    "I'm not involved in every single one of the debates, but Paul is aware of how we feel about it.


    "I've liked working with Paul, and I hope we can [continue] to collaborate. All of the conversations I've had with Paul have indicated that he is looking forward to the new season."



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