Man City, Man Utd & Chelsea to battle it out for exciting Premier League 20y/o in January?

The Football Manc Cave are exploring why Declan Rice should be a player who is on Man City’s radar.

This article comes after HITC.com reported that Tony Cottee has claimed Man United, Man City and Chelsea should all want to sign him. The 20-year-old has been blossoming at West Ham and for England.

If West Ham manages a good finish in the league this season then Rice staying with the Hammers may be more appealing. However, if other clubs were to come knocking, he would be wise to look at his options.

Cottee has also claimed that he could match the defence line at these clubs and compare to players like Harry Maguire. Declan Rice can play in a range of positions and at his young age, he’s broken into the England team. This has also led Cottee to believe that his profile will now build and he will become a wanted man.

Man City would be sensible to seriously look into signing him due to the departure of Vincent Kompany and the recent injury to Laporte. They need more options at the back that reach Guardiola’s standard. Rice can definitely match that level of play and determination.

Their only issue is getting him before other clubs start looking into him. If the claim ends up being true and Man United And Chelsea also start to look at the West Ham player, Pep Guardiola will once again have a fight on his hands with other top-flight clubs. He’ll just have to make sure the Etihad has the most appeal.