Manchester United are said have discussed the potential framework in signing Declan Rice from West Ham during the next summer transfer window following their move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
That comes after David Moyes has warned off rival clubs by saying it would take the Bank of England for the Hammers to agree to selling their star midfielder.
Despite that, the England international will be inside the final two years of his contract next summer, and could eye a chance to shine on the biggest club stage in the Champions League.
Rice could also link up with the likes of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford should he end up at Old Trafford, but West Ham will stand their ground over the 22-year-old.
MEN report that United have 'discussed the potential framework for a deal to sign Rice' and made him their primary target for the 2022 summer window.
They add that Rice is not expected to sign an extension to his current deal at West Ham, and that his current club could then be under pressure to cash-in.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have wanted a new midfielder during the recent window, but didn't get his way with the club prioritising a central defender and right-winger.
Rice said of his future on Sky Sports back in November: "As a footballer, you only get one career and it goes by very quick.
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"You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies.
"There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants. He’s going to win trophies we all know that. I think that’s something I want to aim for as well.
"I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do."
With Moyes adding: “He is such an improved player. I really think he is doing a great job as a player and we are building up hope that he will be an outstanding captain.
“The role, his responsibility he takes on the pitch because of his young age, his leadership qualities will build. He has learned from Harry Kane and Mark Noble.
“My biggest concern – and I know he is young – would be that I don’t want us to rely too heavily on him.”
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