Man United identify alternative to Declan Rice; club asking for £75 million

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Written by Martin Graham | May 2, 2022

Manchester United looked like a move for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse but the Saints are demanding £75m to start talks.

United are on the verge of losing half of their chosen midfield with the impending exits of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic particularly expected to leave a huge gap in the squad.

They have been linked with Declan Rice from West Ham United for most of the season, but the Hammers, in an effort to scare off suitors, have charged a British record price of £150m for the 23-year-old midfielder. United could also get into a bidding war with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool if they choose to knock on West Ham’s door with the sum.

With all of these in mind, it is understandable that United will start identifying moves for other targets. The last of them is 27-year-old Ward Prause, who has been fantastic for Southampton this season.

The Saints Academy graduate will cost £75m according to the club. Ward Prowse will prove to be a great deal in midfield as he is a multi-talented midfield player who can comfortably cover deep and more advanced roles.

The 27-year-old is also known for his free-kick experience – he’s scored four direct free kicks this season and for the second time in his career at Southampton – and hit some fantastic balls that either lead to goals or assists. Goals for the club this season

United will save big money by moving to Ward-Prowse, but his age could prove to be a barrier while considering the move. They may also face a bidding war with Manchester City after reports emerged that Pep Guardiola is in love with the player and is looking for him to replace the departing Fernandinho in the summer.

Elsewhere, the incoming Man United boss has decided to sign him for the first time to his new tenure.

Left-back Feyenoord Tyrrell’s goal has been reported to Malacia as Ten Hag plots to eliminate the team. The 22-year-old will cost £20m and has been scouted for by the club on Ten Hag’s orders.

No moves have been made yet but reports say United will move to the young defender once the season is over.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum

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