Manchester City told to hijack Manchester United’s move for Declan Rice.
The Cityzens would like to make a long-term replacement for veteran Fernandinho and Declan Rice could be a viable replacement.
The 22-year old Hammers midfielder has been heavily linked with Manchester United but Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Rice would be an ideal match for their neighbours Manchester City.
“Jack Grealish’s transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100m means that’s where the bidding is likely to start for Rice, who’s four years younger at 22,” Souness told The Times.
“City already have the strongest group of players in the history of English football, but still collect the best players they can.
“Yes, they have Rodri, but Fernandinho’s 36 and in the final six months of his contract, so Rice is an obvious replacement because they have the finances and are buying when they are on top.
“City, Chelsea and United will all pay a premium for Rice. The only argument you can offer if you’re buying is that he’s not a striker and that’s where the big money generally goes. It might take Rice to another level.”