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Dynamic midfielder sends transfer message to Man Utd and Chelsea during Euro 2020 final defeat

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West Ham United are faced with the impossible task of cooling outside interest in Declan Rice.

The dynamic midfielder has further raised his reputation at Euro 2020 and could well have added an extra few million pounds onto his transfer value.

The 22-year-old helped England to the final of the Euros, featuring in every match of the tournament for the Three Lions on their way to glory.

It was another vintage display from the Hammers’ midfielder in the final match of the tournament, which reinforced why he is at the centre of a transfer tussle.

Manchester United and Chelsea are two sides believed to be interested in striking a deal for Rice, though West Ham have remained adamant that their star man is not up for sale.

Manager David Moyes previously made clear that it would take a fee in excess of £100m for the club to even consider parting ways with Rice.

“I don’t think [co-owners] David Sullivan, David Gold or myself have got any intention of losing Declan Rice,” he said.

“Declan has been a big part of that and we want him to be a big part of what we do next year as well.”

He added: “For me, I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer… Far, far more than £100m.”

And his performances at Euro 2020 may well have ensured that Moyes’ transfer forecast may come true.

United and Chelsea may well have to smash their respective club-record transfer fees to have any hope of securing a deal.

During England’s showpiece fixture at Wembley, Rice shone in the first 45 minutes of proceedings as Southgate’s side went into half-time with a one-goal lead.

His driving runs and sense of discipline stood out once again as he and Kalvin Phillips effectively kept Roberto Mancini’s Italian midfield at bay.

He won more duels (8) and completed more take-ons (3) than any other player on the pitch in the first half. In addition to this, Rice made more tackles (3) than any other England player and made the joint-most ball recoveries in the first half (5).

This energetic opening half display was matched in the early exchanges after the interval, though Rice was later withdrawn in the 74th minute after leaving everything on the pitch for the Three Lions.

His stature has only continued to rise during this tournament, making his talent impossible for sides to ignore any longer.

Rice’s vision is to be featuring in the Champions League on a regular basis and will be all too aware that leaving the London Stadium is likely to be his best chance of achieving this.

If Chelsea or United had pinned their hopes of securing a cut-price deal for the London-born midfielder as a result of the pandemic, they will certainly have to think again.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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