Man United face Real Madrid competition for 20-year-old midfielder – report

Manchester United are facing a battle with Real Madrid to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice this summer, according to a report in England.

The Sunday Mirror, as quoted by Italian website Calciomercato, is reporting that the England international is attracting interest from two of Europe’s biggest clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.

The same article states that defending Premier League champions Manchester City are also interested in a move for the box-to-box midfielder.

According to the same story, West Ham are under no pressure to sell the former Republic of Ireland international given that Rice has a deal that runs until 2024.

Rice has impressed in the Premier League this season with his mature performances in the middle of the park for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

The West Ham youth product has scored two goals in 32 appearances in the Premier League, finding the net in victories over Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane need to overhaul their respective squads in the summer following disappointing seasons for both Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Serbia international Nemanja Matic was particularly poor during Manchester United’s heavy 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

Manchester United will take on Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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