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Chelsea and United to compete for Rice

Chelsea and Manchester United are set to compete for Declan Rice next summer.

The 21-year old England defensive midfielder was priced out of a move to a rival club in the last transfer window, after his club West Ham slapped a £100 million price tag on his head.

West Ham would like to tie Rice down to a new long-term contract. However, the player, whose existing deal runs until 2014, with an option of am further year, has indicated that he has no interest in signing it.

The West London club have long been tipped to re-sign their former academy graduate, but now United have emerged as serious contenders for him.  Central midfield is still considered an area where they need strengthening, with the future of Paul Pogba seeming to lie elsewhere.

There is also the feeling that the current Fred-Scott McTominay partnership could do with an upgrade, which Rice would surely provide.

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