Man Utd change summer transfer plan with Sir Alex Ferguson keen for deal to be done

Manchester United will make a move for West Ham star Declan Rice this summer after extensively looking at alternative targets during the lockdown period. It has emerged that Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan of the player and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to bring Rice to Old Trafford.

United’s top target this summer is Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

But the Red Devils have decided they will also compete with Chelsea for the signing of Rice who can play in defence or midfield.

The 21-year-old is wanted by both clubs this summer as they look to close the gap on their rivals.

Rice has played every minute of every West Ham match this season in the Premier League.

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The versatility of the youngster would give Solskjaer some much-needed squad depth in key positions.

And a key man who approves of the deal is none other than United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, according to Football Insider.

Solskjaer recently admitted Champions League qualification could be key to any deals United do this summer.

“Quite a lot of planning going on,” he said.

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“When do we start the league? That is obviously determined by how far we go in Europe, so you can’t really decide on the training programme.

“There’s so many small decisions and of course sometimes transfers are out of our hands as well.

“If the team is going well, what do we need and what don’t we need? That is the way we’re working and you’ve got to plan for different scenarios.

“Uncertainty of dates, how much holiday can we give them and what will next season look like…it’s a little bit up in the air.”

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Solskjaer previously admitted he was unsure of the budget he’d have with the coronavirus pandemic seriously impacting clubs.

“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard,” said the Norwegian.

“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in.

“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t.

“We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit. I know the club has announced a few numbers before.

“It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.

“I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.

“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League.

“The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”

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