Gary Neville told Sky Sports earlier this week (broadcast on 16/9 from 22:00) that he would have his reservations if Manchester United decided to offer £90 million for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Rice’s reputation seems to grow with every performance he puts in. He now boasts a handful of England caps, and is regularly one of the most impressive performers in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
Neville himself, insisted that he was a huge fan of the 20-year-old. But he had his doubts about whether the youngster is worth that sort of money.
And it appears that his former club are weighing up that same question. The Sun reported back in June that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had made an enquiry for Rice, and West Ham would struggle to turn down £80 million.
Given Rice’s lack of experience, particularly as a central midfielder, it would be no surprise if Manchester United had their own concerns about paying that sort of figure.
But perhaps, they could move a lot closer to a decision on their future transfer plans as early as this weekend.
Solskjaer’s side travel to the London Stadium for their latest Premier League clash on Sunday. Should Rice impress against the visitors, it would surely be no surprise if the decision-makers at Old Trafford were more convinced about a potential move for the Hammers academy graduate.
Manchester United have made an encouraging start to this season. If Rice can help keep their midfield and attacking players quiet, West Ham could have a fantastic chance to pick up another win against the Red Devils.
The downside however, for West Ham may perhaps be that their opponents will be a lot more determined to land Rice. And perhaps, they will have no concerns about paying a premium price to bring him to Old Trafford.