Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag has four transfer alternatives with Declan Rice deal unlikely | Football | Sport

Manchester United may have to search for alternative defensive midfield targets this summer amid reports that West Ham are confident of putting together a plan to keep Declan Rice in east London. The 23-year-old is one of the hottest properties in the Premier League, but with David Moyes routinely warning potential suitors that he is not for sale, incoming Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag may end up looking towards four other transfer options once the window swings open.

Aurelien Tchouameni

The 22-year-old Frenchman is coming to the end of his second season of regular first-team action at Monaco. Chelsea courted the player last summer, but with another campaign of experience and a cluster of senior France caps under his belt, Liverpool have now reportedly joined the race too. 

Amid fierce interest from around the continent, Tchouameni is broadly expected to go in search of a new challenge and a big payday at the end of the season. A price tag of £60million is certainly significant, but he could arrive at Old Trafford for a fraction of the price that Rice would command. 

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Yves Bissouma

After four seasons in the Premier League, it is abundantly clear that Brighton signed a hugely talented midfielder in Bissouma. So important is he to Graham Potter’s side, they rejected a £35m offer in January despite the Mali international approaching the final year of his contract. 

Bissouma has been on the radar of top teams, United included, for some time due to his rare skill set of athleticism, tenacity and flair on the ball. On top of that, he could be the cheapest option of the quartet with the Seagulls under pressure to cash in this summer. 

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