Date: 7th February 2023 at 10:30am
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Manchester United can move level on points with second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table if they beat Leeds United on Wednesday.

The Whites, who sacked manager Jesse Marsch on Monday, have been in poor form of late and are winless in seven league games.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, have been in fine form since the return of club football following the World Cup, although they will be without midfielder Casemiro for the game against Leeds.

The Brazil international was sent off during United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and will therefore be unavailable for Wednesday’s match.

In the meantime, United have been quoted a staggering figure for one of their prime targets.

According to TalkSPORT, West Ham United have set their asking price for Declan Rice at £120 million.

Speaking on the White and Jordan show, journalist Jim White explained that The Hammers would demand more than £120 million for the midfielder.

“What would it take for a bid to be deemed successful in the next window?” he said.

“It is our understanding £120 million, plus add-ons, would get him.”

It would reportedly take a record-breaking bid to lure Rice away from West Ham

White also revealed a little more detail about an offer made by United for the player last summer.

“We understand that Manchester United last summer bid £100m and didn’t get him. Chelsea, Arsenal and United are still in the frame.”

“That’s what it would take, £120m, plus add-ons.”

Rice, 24, departed Chelsea as a youngster having spent time with The Blues’ academy, but the London side have been heavily linked with a move for the player over the past few seasons.

It remains unclear whether or not Chelsea’s signing of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica will deter interest in Rice, although United and Arsenal are said to still be interested.

The West Ham star has already made more than 220 appearances for The Hammers, and succeeded Mark Noble as the club’s captain at the start of the current campaign.

He has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League in recent seasons, as well as becoming a regular for England.

Rice was a mainstay in the Three Lions side at both Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar.

If any Premier League club were to fork out £120 million for Rice, it would make him the most expensive player in the history of English football, as well as the most expensive British player of all time.

Those records are currently held by Fernandez and Jack Grealish respectively, but a £120 million move would eclipse both.

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