Rangnick approves Man Utd decision to pursue £100m-rated Declan Rice

Manchester United interim boss has approved the club’s decision to push on with their pursuit of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

According to reports, the Red Devils are not giving up on the English midfielder after they failed to secure his signature during the summer transfer. The club intend to do so again at the end of this season, by which time they hope to have a new permanent manager installed with Rangnick moving into a consultancy role.

Despite the degree of uncertainty surrounding the manager role at the club in the long term, United want to make a head start on transfer planning.

They have long been rumoured to have an interest in signing West Ham star Rice and now The Sun report that Rangnick – who has had time to assess the needs of the squad – has agreed to the club pushing on with a ‘detailed assessment’ of the midfielder.

United are lacking a top-class, specialist holding midfielder, with veteran Nemanja Matic not the player he once was, and Rice has been identified as the ideal solution to their issues in the centre of the park.

Man United’s hopes of landing the 22-year-old have been boosted by West Ham’s struggles in December, dropping 10 points in the last month of the year.

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