Man Utd believe they have key advantage over Chelsea and Man City in Rice race

Declan Rice continues to star in the Premier League for West Ham and his recent rise in the England team has made him heavily sought after by opposition clubs.

The 22-year-old is currently contracted at the London Stadium until 2024 but West Ham may be tempted to cash in next summer as Rice is not expected to sign a new contract.

Rice has rarely missed a game for West Ham since being promoted to the first team in 2017, and his experience has resulted in interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, United believe that they hold a major advantage over their transfer rivals.

According to Manchester Evening News, United believe the influence of their England contingent puts them at an advantage over other potential Premier League competitors, and Rice has asked current United players about the club on international duty previously.

United currently have Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson at the club, and Rice could be massively influenced by the lure of playing with a whole host of his England teammates.

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United are also in need of a defensive midfielder but didn't sign one in the recent transfer window as there weren't any attainable 'game-changing' options, but Paul Pogba could leave the club for free next summer which could pave the way for Rice.

Ole Gunnar Solskjear will face competition for the 22-year-old though, as Chelsea are long-time admirers of Rice after letting their former academy star go in 2015, and Manchester City will be tasked with replacing club veteran Fernandinho next summer.

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