Red Devils have been advised to seal the transfer of promising young West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.
Pundit John Barnes believes Declan could be an ideal long-term Nemanja Matic replacement for Man United, though he’s also been heavily linked with Blues in recent times.
Man United and Chelsea could battle for the signing of Rice this summer, and Barnes has explained why he thinks the English winger could be just what’s needed in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Barnes said: “Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United and take over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year contract.
Red Devils supporters will perhaps hope their club can secure the signing of England international this summer, even if it doesn’t seem an urgent priority.
For one thing, it’s always useful beating a rival like Blues to the signing of a top footballer, who would undoubtedly do a job at London club as well.
Chelsea manager may well feel he could do with injecting some fresh blood into his midfield, with Declan an ideal long-term successor to the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.