Chelsea and Manchester United to battle for one of the best midfielders in Europe

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According to Manchester Evening, Manchester United have joined the race for key Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice.

The England international has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and made his 100th Premier League start in the draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Chelsea are still believed to be interested in Rice, but know a deal could be difficult to complete in the transfer window opening next month.

Should the Blues wait until the summer of 2021, they will face competition from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch has hailed Rice as one of the best holding midfielders in Europe.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, he said: “Declan Rice has really impressed me this season, to the point I would call him one of the best holding midfielders in Europe.

“I often wondered about the hype around him but watch him closely, how he carries the ball out of defence and the work he puts in. He is looking like the real deal.

“I have watched West Ham a good few times this season — like when they dismantled Leicester — and the more I see, the more I like. It really is time for David Moyes to be given some appreciation for the work he has done.

“I called them the ‘rollercoaster club’ as there would be many ups and downs. Well, it’s time for them to enjoy the ride. They look more credible for Europe now than Wolves, who are always talked up.”

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