Manchester United will reportedly challenge Chelsea for the signature of West Ham star Declan Rice at the end of the campaign, say reports.

The 22-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge last summer, but ESPN reports that the Red Devils have now entered the race.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer wants to add a holding midfielder to his squad ahead of the 2021/22 term, along with a forward and central defender, and the Red Devils have shortlisted Declan.

The Englishman knows of the interest from Old Trafford, but the Blues are still considered the favourites to land him should he leave the London Stadium.

West Ham are determined not to let the player go without a fight and will ask for £70 million for a youngster who still has another three-and-a-half years left to run on his current deal, with the option of a further year.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means that finances will be tighter than usual for the 20-times English champions, but the club do intend to invest with caution in the summer transfer market.

Rice’s potential transfer to Manchester could depend on midfielder Paul Pogba, whose future remains up in the balance since his representative Mino Raiola publicly said he intended to find a new club for his client.

Meantime, Frank Lampard has insisted young centre-back Fikayo Tomori’s long-term future is at the club, despite links with a transfer away.

“He absolutely has a long-term future at the club. We will see if and when he goes on loan.” the manager said.