Man Utd told they’ll have to pay ‘fortunes’ for midfield target due to Jack Grealish

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Manchester United’s interest in West Ham star Declan Rice is well documented, although a deal for the England international could be difficult to complete with the Hammers in no rush to sell their star asset. And if former United right-back Paul Parker is to be believed, Ralf Rangnick’s men may have to pay fortunes to sign him after Jack Grealish’s £100million move to Manchester City set a benchmark for over-the-odds transfers.

Grealish’s stellar form at Aston Villa last season attracted the attention of clubs around the world over the summer transfer window.

Six goals and 15 assists in just 26 Premier League games for his boyhood club eventually tempted City to make a bid for the 26-year-old.

A £100million release clause for Grealish was activated by Pep Guardiola’s men, with Villa setting such a high price in his contract in the hope of attaining a vast sum of money.

However, just two goals and two assists for City in the Premier League has left many wondering whether the move was worth the record British transfer fee.

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And United icon Parker believes Grealish’s poor form coupled with his high transfer price means United will have to pay at least £160m for Rice’s services.

“If you wanted to spend a fortune on a midfield player, go and get Declan Rice,” Parker told Bettors.

“Declan is the best central midfielder in the country.

“If City wants to pay £100million for Jack Grealish, if someone wants you to pay £160million [for Declan Rice], then you gotta pay it because Jack Grealish wasn’t worth £100million. They’ve set a mark now.”

“Declan Rice is the closest player that Manchester United could ever get, who you would say is — ‘no he’s Bryan Robson, no he’s Roy Keane, no he’s Paul Ince.’

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“This is because he wants to do everything. He’s one of those players who wants to say ‘please don’t label me.’

“Don’t label me as a defensive midfield player. Don’t label me as an attacking midfielder as I want to be all over the park trying to control everything.”

Rice has two-and-a-half years left on his current contract, meaning West Ham are in no rush to sell the 22-year-old.

Having already amassed 150 Premier League appearances, the London-born maestro’s longevity and excellence has cemented his status as one of the division’s best midfielders.

With United and Chelsea having registered interest over the summer, a move to a Champions League club is on the cards once again at the end of the season.

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West Ham wanted at least £100m for Rice in the summer but Chelsea chiefs baulked at their demands and it remains to be seen how much United will want to pay out to sign the England star.

Especially when they have just reportedly offered Paul Pogba a new contract worth £500,000-a-week in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford. Rice was identified as a potential replacement for Pogba, but the midfielder may end up staying at the club with other offers from Europe said to be far less lucrative.

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