Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United are right to pursue a deal for Declan Rice – but has told them they’d be unwise to spend as much as the reported £90m asking price for the player.
United’s midfield, however, has been left short following the exits of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turning to the likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira to fill the void.
However, with Paul Pogba seemingly still looking for a way out of Old Trafford and Nemanja Matic failing to make his mark at the club, United are expected to be in the hunt for a new commanding central midfield force in 2020.
And the Manchester Evening News states that United retain an interest in Rice, with Solskjaer and Woodward supposedly already holding a meeting to talk about possible transfer targets for next year.
And while Gary Neville has cast two big doubts on whether Rice would be good enough, Carragher insists he does have the quality to play at the highest level, though has warned United about paying over the odds.
“Would I pay £90m for a holding midfield player? No I wouldn’t. But do I think Declan Rice is of the quality where eventually he’s going – whether in 18 months or 12 months – to play for a Champions League team, I think he can,’ said Carragher.
“There’s no doubt he still has to improve, yes he can get better in terms of his angles, receiving the ball off the back four. If I was a top four team, and I was in Manchester United’s position and looking for a midfielder, I’d have Declan Rice as that holding midfield player.
“Obviously the price, I wouldn’t pay £90m for him, of course I wouldn’t. But if you’re talking £50m, maybe more, I think he could do a job for a Champions League team.”
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