Sources: Man United hope to blow Arsenal out of the water in Declan Rice race – he’s ‘dead set’ on move
Man United are still hopeful of signing West Ham star man Declan Rice in the summer, sources have told Football Insider.
The England midfielder has privately expressed a desire to stay in London if he leaves this summer but that has not put off Erik ten Hag’s high flyers.
The 24-year-old, who was previously valued at £150million by West Ham boss David Moyes, is set to be one of the most sought-after players in world football this summer.
But Football Insider has learned that United believe they can still convince Rice of a move to Old Trafford in the summer, despite his wishes to remain in London.
The midfielder’s current deal runs until 2024 and he has already rejected several attempts by the Hammers to tie him down to an extension.
The Irons have the option to extend his current contract by a further 12 months.
In May, the England international rejected an eight-year deal worth £83m that would make him the highest paid player in the club’s history.
During the World Cup in Qatar, Rice made clear his desire to play Champions League football at his next club and his progress at the international level has made him more determined to compete on the biggest stage at club level.
Sources close to the player have been told he is “dead set on a move”.
Ten Hag’s side have had an impressive turnaround this season and are currently third in the Premier league only six points behind Man City with a game in hand.
The Carabao Cup winners are guaranteed a spot in the Europa Conference League play-off next season and have already qualified for the Europa League last 16 for this season but will be aiming for a spot in the top European competition next season.