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West Ham midfielder hands boyhood club opportunity of first refusal as Man Utd face fight to secure signature

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is currently one of the most sought after defensive midfielders in the world.

Valued at around £80-£100 million by West Ham, the England youngster has always been a subject of interest from top English clubs like Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City and it is Manchester United who are ready to step up their interest in the midfielder as per latest reports but rivals Chelsea could have a very big role in how things pan out in the summer.

This is particularly according to Daily Mail who are reporting that Man Utd are ready to step up interest in Rice but face a fight to sign him this summer with the 22-year old waiting to find out the level of interest from boyhood club Chelsea who would need to sell N’Golo Kante to free up space in his position.

Declan Rice came through the Chelsea academy but was released as a teenager by the club and it is believed that the midfielder still remains a Chelsea fan and would favour a move to the West London club given his boyhood affiliations.

Chelsea meanwhile are yet to register a very firm interest in their academy graduate but reports have always linked Rice with a return to Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel said to be a fan of the midfielder.

Would Chelsea sell the likes of Kanté and Jorginho who are already into their 30s to create space for a younger midfielder? That is a question that would continue to linger until the summer transfer window opens at the end of the season.