It has been reported that Manchester United are preparing a package deal to offer West Ham for Declan Rice. The offer will include Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard as the Red Devils try to tempt the Hammers into a deal. The issue is why would David Moyes even consider the trade on offer.
Lingard is the only player that would help West Ham. As seen by his impact since joining the club on loan in January. Jones and Matic, however, would not help the club at all. Moyes already has better defenders at his disposal. The Englishman has had a torrid few years at Old Trafford, which have been wrecked by persistent injuries and has also affected his quality.
Jones used to be one of the most promising defenders in the country, but he has struggled to reach his potential since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. It would be more likely that Moyes would prefer to keep his current centre-backs of Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena as his options for another season then recruit Jones.
West Ham should be quick to turn down Manchester United’s rumoured swap deal for Delcan Rice, considering the players they are offering for the star.
Matic used to be a fantastic player; there is no doubting that, and occasionally, the Serbian is capable of brilliant moments. But compared to Rice, the 32-year-old would be a major downgrade in all aspects of football. Matic is close to retirement, and his powers are fading. Rice, on the other hand, will only get better over the next eight years.
If West Ham took Matic and Jones, they would have to replace both the players in a season or two, most likely. The Hammers would also see their wage budget take a massive dent as the trio of players are all on very high wages compared to the average player at the London Stadium.
If Rice is to be sold this summer by the club, they should be demanding a big cash deal to reinvest in the squad with players that the manager wants. The one thing they should not be doing is taking players that are past their best and that are not wanted by the traditional “big six.”
Earlier in the week, it was suggested that West Ham would want £100 million to start considering selling their star player. Whereas the Hammers would want Lingard in the summer, it is unlikely they would sacrifice Rice to make the deal happen.