Man Utd urged to spend £90m on 'perfect' transfer target by Nigel Winterburn

Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn has urged Manchester United to spend £90m on ‘perfect’ transfer target Declan Rice.

The Red Devils were linked with a move for Rice, 22, during the recent summer transfer window but they instead prioritised deals for Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Rice has established himself as one of the stars of the Premier League over the past two seasons, with his impressive form for the Hammers earning him a place in England’s squad for this summer’s Euros.

The midfielder featured heavily at the tournament, helping Gareth Southgate’s side reach the final before they lost to Italy on penalties, and has continued to impress this season.

West Ham value Rice at £90m and while Winterburn admits that is ‘crazy money’, the former defender believes it would be money well spent by Manchester United on a ‘perfect’ transfer target.

‘£90 million is a huge amount of money for Declan Rice – it’s crazy money, but it’s a fair valuation,’ the ex-Arsenal, West Ham and England star told Paddy Power.

‘Rice has proved himself recently and enhanced his reputation. There’s been a lot of speculation about him moving but it hasn’t fazed him, and he’s just got on with his job.

‘West Ham were successful last season, and until yesterday they’d had a great start to the season.

‘The time will come for him to move on, and I’d be amazed if one of the big clubs in the Premier League is not in for him straight away when they realise he’s available.

‘Potentially even major clubs abroad too. It depends on what Declan wants to do but I’d guess he’d want to stay in the Premier League.

‘I’m not sure about Manchester City signing him, but whether Manchester United or Chelsea want to move for him all depends on his availability and if it’s the right time for the club.

‘I can see him suiting United because they’ve got an abundance of attacking talent but are often caught wide open defensively. He would be the perfect fit.

‘Whether United have got another £90m pounds is another matter.’

Rice’s boyhood club Chelsea have also been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old, while Manchester United are said to have identified his England team-mate Kalvin Phillips as an alternative if West Ham refuse to sell.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United have made a mixed start to the new Premier League season, with the team’s midfield once again criticised following the draw with Everton.

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