Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham’s Declan Rice, as reported by The Express, with it being suggested that they could make a bid of over £90m for him in January.
While it would be hard to turn a move down with so much money involved, Rice shouldn’t agree to the transfer.
For starters, United are still a club in transition, as pointed out by the fact they have had their worst start to a campaign in 27 years, as reported by The Daily Mail.
So while Rice would likely help them improve, he should wait to go to a club that is more settled at the top.
He is definitely good enough to command a move to a top club, whether that be now or a few years down the line, having become an England regular at 20-years-old, playing in five of the Three Lions’ last six matches, as per Transfermarkt.
In addition, he has averaged 3.5 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 1 clearance and 0.5 blocks per Premier League game this season, as per WhoScored, which highlights how influential he can be defensively.
He has also displayed efficiency with the ball at his feet, completing 83.6% of his passes, as well as making 1.5 dribbles per game.
Finally, while he will be remembered fondly unless something catastrophic happens, if he was able to stay and help West Ham achieve something this season, it would further enhance his reputation among the club’s supporters.
It feels as though Rice will end up moving on at some stage of his career, but he is good enough to not need to rush into signing for the first big-name club who makes an offer and at 20-years-old he can afford to wait for the best possible transfer.
Rice shouldn’t make the move in January, especially to a Man United side in their current state.