The signing of Declan Rice and Harry Kane would make Manchester United title contenders once again, according to a former Premier League footballer.
Rice has been continuously linked with a potential move to Old Trafford as United look to bolster their midfield options this summer on Paul Pogba’s impending exit. However, valuations of £150m from West Ham indicate tough negotiation talks would ensue if the Red Devils decide to make a move for him.
The 23-year-old has been praised for his continued growth since Euro 2020, where he was one of England’s best players. Chelsea, who released Rice from their academy at the age of 14, are also believed to be in contention for the midfielder.
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Hammers boss David Moyes has insisted he’s not going anywhere, but Rice has already revealed his desire to play in the Champions League, and West Ham appear to be missing out on the top four. Meanwhile, Kane has been touted several times for a move to Manchester City.
The Three Lions captain was set to move to the Etihad this summer before announcing his commitment to Tottenham. He too has expressed a desire to play regularly at the highest level and win trophies.
With United set to miss out on next season’s Champions League as it stands, a move to Old Trafford seems off the table, especially with Spurs currently in fourth place. While admitting recruitment would be unlikely, former Leeds midfielder Carlton Palmer believes Rice and Kane would push United to a title charge if signed.
Asked by GiveMeSport if the duo would get the club back in the title race, he said: “Of course they have to be title contenders. I don’t think that’s going to happen. »
The 56-year-old added: “They definitely need to get stronger at the back. They definitely need a midfielder, and they definitely need a striker. So we will have to see. »
United are currently behind Kane’s Tottenham and Rice’s West Ham in the table, and therefore in the hunt for fourth place. During this time, the club has been linked to a number of other targets such as Ruben Neves, Christopher Nkunku and Narwin Nunez.
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