Manchester United are ready to table a players-plus-cash deal for West Ham star Declan Rice, according to Daily Mail.
The Red Devils are looking to offer £40 million in cash plus Harry Maguire and Anthony Elanga to sign Rice from West Ham.
Arsenal have already bid twice for the midfielder, but both of their offers have been turned down.
The latest one was a £90 million bid – £75m plus £15m in add-ons spread over five years. They are expected to launch a third bid soon.
Manchester City have joined the transfer battle for the 24-year-old as Ilkay Gundogan looks set to switch to Barcelona.
Man Utd are outsiders in Declan Rice’s transfer race
Arsenal have earmarked Rice as their primary target but have yet to agree on the transfer fee with the Hammers.
Man United should use this opportunity and hijack the deal.
Maguire and Elanga both are surplus to requirements under Erik ten Hag. The former does not suit Ten Hag’s style of play. The latter barely featured last season and should move on to a club where he can get regular playing time.
United’s supporters would love to see Rice making his way to Old Trafford. However, that seems unlikely.
West Ham want £100m to sanction the departure of their most prized asset.
United’s priority is to sign an elite striker, and they are expected to splash around £100 on him.
Considering their need to sign a shot-stopper, they cannot spend heavily on another midfielder.