Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay could be involved in the transfer, though Arsenal will bid again and City are interested in Rice.
According to The Telegraph, Manchester United are contemplating the possibility of challenging Arsenal in their pursuit of Declan Rice by presenting a player-plus-cash offer, potentially involving Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay.
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Following West Ham’s swift rejection of Arsenal’s latest bid of £90 million (comprising £75 million upfront and £15 million in add-ons spread over five years), United are now contemplating their own move for the midfielder.
West Ham has expressed interest in acquiring United midfielder McTominay, who is among the players available for transfer, while manager David Moyes holds great admiration for Maguire and is open to his potential transfer to West Ham.
However, it is believed that Maguire’s wage demands might hinder a move to West Ham, even if he were willing to consider the transfer. As for McTominay, his enthusiasm for making the switch remains uncertain.
While the prevailing expectation is that Rice is more likely to join Arsenal, who are preparing to submit a third offer, United would be interested in securing his services if a deal can be structured within their relatively limited summer transfer budget.
According to the report, David Moyes is reportedly keen on acquiring Maguire, although a potential transfer for the defender poses more complexities. The valuation for McTominay or Maguire, as well as the extent to which their departure would offset the Rice fee, remain uncertain. It should be noted that United have not yet initiated negotiations with West Ham.