English Premiership

Red Devils linked with big double swoop

2019-10-10 13:16
Declan Rice
Declan Rice (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United remain in the hunt to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Reds drafted in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire during the summer, but that is nowhere near enough as they have got off to a disappointing start to the season.

Pundits and former players have suggested several transfer windows will be needed to get the United squad where it needs to be, and upwards of £700 million will need to be spent on it.

United’s recruitment has been criticised recently although the addition of Rice and Koulibaly would be seen as good business if they can be snapped up.

That will be easier said than done, but reports suggest both players are high on the club’s wanted list and attempts will be made to get them on board at the end of the campaign.

Rice has sprung to prominence over the last 12 months following some fine performances for the Hammers, which have led to him being called up into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The player has insisted he is happy at West Ham and is not pushing for a move, but his head would no doubt be turned if United made a firm offer.

The same could be said of Koulibaly, the powerhouse central defender, who would be the perfect partner for Maguire.

Napoli are also ambitious and have so far managed to keep hold, but they could be open to a sale if things do not go according to plan this season.

United would need to break the bank to get both and that is exactly what is required if they are to challenge for top honours once again.

After the international break, United welcome foes and current Premier League log leaders Liverpool to Old Trafford for a must-win clash.

Kick-off will be at 17:30 on Sunday, October 20.

- TeamTalk Media

 

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Saturday, 23 November 2019
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Norwich City, Goodison Park 17:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
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Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Villa Park 22:00
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