Are you ready for another Declan Rice saga? Manchester United are interested in the West Ham midfielder, having sent senior scouts to watch the player.
The Metro are reporting that United scouts were present at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the home side falling to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City. They have been monitoring his progress throughout the season, and have been impressed with his form in a holding midfield role
Despite his team's heavy loss on Saturday, Rice impressed in that game. Pep Guardiola praised his performance afterwards, saying:
Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come,
He hasn't decided yet Pep!
Rice is out of contract in the summer of 2020, and West Ham have been lowballing the player on offers for a new deal thus far. They are said to have offered him around £20,000 per week, a miserly offer in the current Premier League landscape.
If negotiations over a new deal continue to stall, the may well choose to cash in on the player in the summer rather than risk losing him on a Bosman. Chelsea are also rumoured to be keeping an eye on the situation.
Another saga involving his future may be on the horizon, with his allegiances to Ireland also in doubt.
Rice's international future is still very much up in the air, with new Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy set to hold talks with the player next month. Most commentators expect him to commit to England, although he does appear to be genuinely undecided.
Losing a player of his caliber would be a massive blow to Irish football, both in the long and short-term. The current squad lacks Premier League quality, and Rice would instantly become one McCarthy's most important contributors should he return to the fold.