Manchester City are eyeing up a move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice in the summer transfer window, according to the Sun.
They report that Pep Guardiola is planning to spruce up his squad with young English talent and Rice is one of the names at the top of his list to be a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
The Sun also claim it would cost the champions £70m to convince the Hammers to sell Rice but they have had scouts watching him when he has starred against Liverpool and Arsenal of late.
As much as it would be a blow for West Ham to lose a player who could be a lynchpin of their midfield for the next decade, getting a fee as substantial as £70m in for Rice would allow Manuel Pellegrini to continue his overhaul at the London Stadium.
West Ham are still in need of improvement across the pitch and Pellegrini will also be keen to add some more stardust to his attacking options to allow his squad to carry out his preferred attacking gameplan.
Rice could be an exciting part of that – he is undoubtedly a future West Ham captain if he stays – but his departure for huge money could allow Pellegrini to construct a more impressive, well-rounded squad.
That approach could help take West Ham where they want to be, a consistently top ten side playing attractive football.