Rice is regarded among the best midfielders in the country, with his performances for both West Ham and England having been consistently superb for some time now.
The 22-year-old, whose deal runs out in 2024, was heavily linked with a move away from West Ham during the recently concluded transfer window, but is still at the club.
According to James Ducker via the Telegraph, Manchester City still hold a ‘strong interest’ in the highly-rated England midfielder, along with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea – who are known to have a long-standing admiration for their former academy talent.
The report states that Manchester United, who are in search for midfield signing, are one of the few sides who could afford West Ham’s £100 million valuation of Declan Rice.
The Cityzens have been linked with a switch for Rice as Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to be in the hunt for a new defensive midfielder in the next 12 months, with Fernandinho set to leave the club upon the expiry of his one-year contract extension signed earlier in the summer.
In reaction to the report shared on Twitter by City Xtra, many Man City fans have have been expressing their thoughts and opinions.
We’re turning into England FC and I’m up for it. We always have two top class players in each position plus Rice is versatile. He’d give Rodri competition and be a good homegrown option. All about if he’s willing to stay here for a long time considering he’s a Chelsea fan https://t.co/6yBLiD8kFn
— Nico (@DeBrxyne17) January 17, 2022
Good player but overpriced. Should prioritise a striker and a LB instead
— #FPL Cheetah (@FPLCheetah) January 17, 2022
Good player but overprice
— Alturner (@hokidahebay) January 17, 2022
It’s not gonna work having him and Rodri as the options for the same role and Rodri is clear anyway
— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) January 17, 2022
Quality player. Every player needs competition and that includes Rodri. However, West Ham don’t need to sell him and that’s why he would be very expensive. A striker and a left back should be prioritized first
— Real Talk Manchester City (@RealTalkMCFC) January 17, 2022
I’d rather see us develop Romeo Lavia into a World class player than waste so much money. He is an amazing player but we’ve got Rodri and he plays so many games I’m very sure Rice wouldn’t want to be a bench player.
— Izzy (@izzy900is) January 17, 2022
We already took Grealish and they cried. If we sign Rice we’ll completely break them😭 give the kids a chance they are going through the most right now🤣— TheGingerPele (@blue_cityzen17) January 17, 2022
He’s excellent tbf— Abhishek (@SimplyCity24) January 17, 2022
After we get a striker this should be our priority. I like Declan would love to see him in a city shirt he’ll give Rodri a good and healthy competition. Hopefully the transfer fee won’t be to hefty— Hamza🇿🇦 (@the_Cityzen10) January 17, 2022