Manchester United saw a £100m bid for top Arsenal and Chelsea target and West Ham captain Declan Rice turned down last summer, according to reports.
This is according to the Sun, who revealed on Monday that United had submitted a £100m bid last summer, only for West Ham manager David Moyes to block their approach.
As mentioned, Arsenal, along with Chelsea have previously been heavily linked with moves for Rice, but if these reports are to be believed, it was actually United who came closest to signing him last summer.
However, with the Brazilian midfielder already 30, United could go back in for Rice this summer as a more long-term option.
Rice’s performances have earned him a regular spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, too, playing in all of the Three Lions’ five World Cup matches as they reached the quarter-finals in Qatar last year.
Interestingly, while at the World Cup, Rice voiced his desire to leave West Ham and join a club that consistently challenges for trophies.
Speaking in a press conference, he said: “I see my friends here [with England] who are playing Champions League and for big trophies.
With that in mind, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea would likely suit Rice as a next destination.
Indeed, it looks likely that he will leave the Hammers at the end of the season as with his contract set to run out in June 2024, this could be their last chance to recoup a sizeable transfer fee.