Manchester United give up on Rice and turn to Phillips
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It has been mentioned for a year that Manchester United want Declan Rice, but according to the current information in the English media, the club from Old Trafford has given up on the defensive midfielder of West Ham. Instead, they will try to bring Kalvin Phillips from Leeds in the winter transfer window.
Allegedly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost patience due to the decision of the Hammers not to give in to the demands for Rice's compensation, which amounts to 105,000,000 euros, and turned to a cheaper option. They are asking about 70,000,000 euros for Phillips in Yorkshire, which is a significantly more acceptable - and understandable - amount.
The arrival of any of these two will certainly affect the minutes of Nemanja MatiÄ, who has been playing less than before since last season, so it will not be a surprise if this is his last season at Old Trafford.
Before him, however, Juan Mata could leave the club. The Spaniard has been at Manchester United since 2014, he arrived for a record 45,000,000 euros from Chelsea, but this season he recorded only 62 minutes in the game, in the League Cup match, and as last year he was not often in Solskjaer's plans ( a total of 18 appearances), according to Manchester Evening News, he decided to leave England.
The 33-year-old midfielder is reportedly planning to end his career in his homeland. With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, it was clear that Mata could leave Manchester United, with whom he won the Europa League in 2017, and the FA Cup a year before.
Since arriving in Manchester, the experienced Spaniard has played 274 games, in which he scored 51 and assisted for 47 goals. Since his contract expires at the end of the season, it is very possible that the club will release him in January without compensation, and it will be interesting to see which club he will choose to end his career.
He grew up in Oviedo, but moved to Real Madrid as a teenager. However, he did not play for the strongest team of the Royal Club, and before coming to Chelsea in 2011, he played for Valencia for four years. Phillips is a player that Manchester United desperately needs, and who could complete Manchester’s dream team.
It is the defensive midfielder which is the weakest link in the Old Trafford giant and Phillips could be a great solution in Manchester's quest for some bigger goals.