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Liverpool legend advises Manchester City to hijack Manchester United's deal for Declan Rice

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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Manchester City should look to hijack Manchester United's potential pursuit of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Manchester City should look to hijack Manchester United's potential pursuit of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with one report claiming that the Red Devils are determined to sign the Hammers star next summer.

However, Souness believes Rice would be an "obvious replacement" for Man City captain Fernandinho and a move to the Etihad Stadium would make Pep Guardiola's side stronger.

"Jack Grealish's transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100m means that's where the bidding is likely to start for Rice, who's four years younger at 22," Souness told The Times.

"City already have the strongest group of players in the history of English football, but still collect the best players they can.

"Yes, they have Rodri, but Fernandinho's 36 and in the final six months of his contract, so Rice is an obvious replacement because they have the finances and are buying when they are on top.

"City, Chelsea and United will all pay a premium for Rice. The only argument you can offer if you're buying is that he's not a striker and that's where the big money generally goes. It might take Rice to another level."

Souness added that he does not believe his former club Liverpool will enter the race for Rice, with City, United and Chelsea set to battle for the England international, who is valued at around £100m by the Hammers.

"I reckon Rice is going to be an in-demand footballer with the bigger clubs. Whether it's Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City. I don't think Liverpool will be in the chase for him, but the other three will."

Rice, who sees his contract at the London Stadium expire in June 2024, has made 169 appearances across all competitions for West Ham, as well as representing England at international level on 27 occasions. body check tags ::

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1Arsenal15113133141936
2Liverpool1494132141831
3Manchester CityMan City1493236162030
4Aston Villa1492333201329
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs148332820827
6Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1482432141826
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd148061617-124
8Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton146443026422
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham146352424021
10Chelsea145452522319
11Brentford145452219319
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves155372025-518
13Crystal Palace144461419-516
14Fulham144371626-1015
15Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest143471622-613
16Bournemouth143471630-1413
17Luton TownLuton1523101630-149
18Everton145271520-57
19Burnley1521121533-187
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1412111139-285
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