Gossip: West Ham to sell Rice but Man Utd focus on Phillips

Ian Watson
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and West Ham's Declan Rice have both been linked with Man Utd.

West Ham are ready to sell Declan Rice for less than the £100million they were demanding this summer, but Man Utd have already moved on to another target…


West Ham coach Kevin Nolan said recently that he ‘wouldn’t sell Declan Rice for £100million’, but the Hammers board are said to be willing to take slightly less than that for their prized asset..

Rice was heavily linked with Manchester United and Chelsea through the summer, with both clubs needing to strengthen their midfields. But West Ham’s valuation seemingly scared off Rice’s suitors so Chelsea instead signed Saul Niguez on loan while United just didn’t bother.

Now it is being reported by Football Insider that West Ham are ready to sell Rice for £90million, with the Hammers already lining up replacements for the 22-year-old.


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That news may no longer concern United because it is claimed that they have moved on to another target.

Even £90million doesn’t appear to represent value for Rice so the Daily Star says the Red Devils are focusing instead on luring Kalvin Phillips away from Leeds.

The report says Phillips is valued in the region of £60million and with Liverpool said to be leading the race to sign Jude Bellingham, United will attempt to convince Leeds to sell the England player of the year.


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Franck Kessie could be a lot cheaper than both Rice and Phillips…

The AC Milan midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and continues to resist the Rossoneri’s efforts to renew his terms.

90min reckons Kessie will continue to shun Milan’s offers, with a move to the Premier League in his sights.

United and Liverpool are both said to be keen on the 24-year-old, who could be available on the cheap in January if Milan decide to sell for a cut-price fee before losing the Ivorian for nothing next summer.


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Despite their financial turmoil, Barcelona continue to be linked with some of Europe’s most in-demand stars. The latest being Matthijs De Ligt.

The Netherlands defender is said to be a target for Chelsea, with the Blues supposedly willing to pay the £103million release clause in his Juventus contract which becomes active next summer.

But Calciomercato claims Barca are also sniffing, and while they can’t afford such a transfer fee, they are supposedly willing to give Juve a couple of players in part-exchange.

One being goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the other Memphis Depay, who only moved to the Nou Camp this summer, but by the end of the season will only be a year from free agency once more.


Everton are keen to sign Isco and Luka Jovic on loan from Real Madrid… Crystal Palace could make a move for Everton’s Tom Davies… and Real are eyeing Man City full-back Pedro Porro, who is currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon… Noa Lang is open to an offer from Arsenal but AC Milan and Leeds are also said to be keen on the Club Brugge winger… Man City are keeping tabs on Villa teenager Jacob Ramsey.