Manchester City not interested in summer move for Declan Rice
With Manchester City club captain Fernandinho set to leave the club at the end of the season, there will be a void to fill in defensive midfield – however, despite speculation in recent days linking West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to the Premier League champions, it appears the England international will not be the man the Blues recruit in the middle of the park.
Joe Bernstein at the Daily Mail recently claimed that City are set to rival Manchester United for the 23-year-old's signature, with the club apparently making it clear that they can go after Rice despite them being close to signing Erling Haaland.
Bernstein also reported that the current league leaders requested to be kept informed of Rice's plans while making clear they were a viable destination for him. It was noted that the only sticking point was West Ham's potential valuation of their prized asset with a number of years left on his contract.
This afternoon, the reputable Matt Law of The Telegraph reported that City are deliberating whether or not to make a move for the midfielder, but are wary of being dragged into a Harry Kane-like transfer saga. Law added that Rice is believed to be high on the club's radar, but West Ham's claim that he would cost £150million threatens to put off interested parties, with Pep Guardiola's side highly unlikely to go near that figure.
Only a few hours after this story was published, City have seemingly put an end to all City-related Rice speculation for the upcoming transfer window, with Mike Minay of BBC Radio Manchester and Simon Stone of the BBC reporting that the club have no interest in signing the Englishman this summer.
When multiple journalists report the same story at once, they have likely been briefed by a relevant party, whether that be an agent or a club – more commonly a club. In this case, City have briefed journalists that they have no interest in signing the former Chelsea academy player in the forthcoming window, quashing the recent speculation and inhibiting potential reports ahead of the summer.
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