Man Utd’s list of Declan Rice alternatives shrinking as Chelsea duel more and more likely | Football | Sport

Whilst United’s midfield is adequate at the moment with Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic all under contract, there is a real need for a top-quality central midfielder to be signed. Rice has been linked for a prolonged period, whilst Phillips, Franck Kessie, Aurelien Tchouameni and Ryan Gravenberch have also been touted with a move to Old Trafford.

But with Kessie likely to sign for Barcelona according to reports, and Tchouameni and Gravenberch being targeted by established Champions League teams, United’s shortlist is continuously shrinking. This has effectively made the search for their midfield addition incredibly harder, with United facing a fight to be involved in Europe’s most prestigious competition next season.

And according to the Times, Phillips is set to stay at Leeds to offer the Red Devils further transfer headache ahead of the new season. The reports states that the Whites’ board are confident homegrown midfielder Phillips will remain at the club, with talks over a new contract expected to continue at the end of the season.

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