The 21-year-old has become a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England team after his excellent form for West Ham and his stock has risen further in the last month due to his fine performances at Euro 2020.
Rice’s current deal still has three years to run, with the option of an extra year, but West Ham would like to tie him down to a new, big-money contract to ward off interest from the likes of United and Chelsea.
Declan Rice (right) during England training alongside Manchester United defender Luke Shaw
But those offers have been rejected, report the Telegraph, putting both United and Chelsea on alert with Rice making it known he would like to test himself in the Champions League. Manchester City also hold an interest in Rice but are likely to wait until next year to lodge a big with veteran captain Fernandinho having signed a new one-year deal.
United are in the market for a defensive midfielder to compete with Scott McTominay and Fred and Rice fits the bill. He gets on well with United captain and England team-mate Harry Maguire and the club could use Jesse Lingard as a makeweight, after he starred on loan for the Hammers in the second half of last season.
With United’s £72.9million Jadon Sancho deal nearly over the line, they could soon switch their attention to sealing a deal for Rice.
Chelsea would provide competition, though their need for a defensive midfielder is not as great with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante at the club. Frank Lampard wanted to sign Rice last summer, with the club not as keen on a deal, but it is believed that new manager Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of Rice too.
Rice was released by Chelsea as a youngster before joining West Ham and is best pals with Blues and England midfielder Mason Mount.
West Ham value Rice at £100m, but the Telegraph report that Rice would be disappointed if the club reject any offers of £60m or over.