That’s according to Scott Minto, the former face of Sky Sports’ Spanish football coverage.The Red Devils have been strongly linked with the England international of late as Solskjaer targets the kind of signings to transform the club into Premier League title contenders.Rice is one of three up-and-coming homegrown talents reportedly on Manchester United’s radar alongside Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The 20-year-old, who can play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, has been one of the stand-out performers for the Hammers this season having made his first-team breakthrough last year.But according to Minto, La Liga giants Real Madrid are already making moves in an attempt into swaying Rice towards Spain.Speaking after Rice performed superbly at United yesterday, although West Ham lost the game 2-1, Minto told Malaysian network Stadium Astro: “He’s physical, he’s quick, his maturity for his age is incredible and he’s getting better and better and better with every game. “Big decision obviously to leave the Republic of Ireland and go to England. Clearly he was told, not, ‘You’re going to get into the team’, but: ’You have a massive future and could be what we need for the national side.’ “I’m hearing that even Real Madrid are knocking on the door and speaking to his family and I’m not going to tell you [who], it’s a reliable source. “West Ham, I’m sure, know about it or know about the fact [there’s interest]. “Manchester United will be knocking on the door. “The big boys of the Premier League and of world football will be saying, ‘This is a young club that is a club that could sell for the right price and could become one of the stars in that particular position.’ There’s potential.”According to the Evening Standard, United could sign as many as five players in the summer as Solskjaer targets a major overhaul.The Norwegian – who was handed the United job permanently last month – could look at recruiting two midfielders, a centre-back, a right-back and a right-sided winger.It is claimed that alternatives to Rice could be Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Atletico Madrid man Saul Niguez.That’s with it claimed that Rice could well cost United upwards of £50million given his ever-growing reputation.Solskjaer is also said to want a more attacking option with Bruno Fernandes, who has scored 28 goals as Sporting Lisbon captain this term, one possible target.



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