The Blues also have doubts over whether he has improved enough to warrant the £100million fee that West Ham reportedly require for his services.
And this is what has given United hope in the race to sign the England international, with Red Devils chiefs convinced Chelsea will look for a more possession-savvy alternative to Rice such as Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni.
However, even if Rice is willing to move up north, United would still have to agree a fee with their former manager David Moyes for his signature.
With Rice being West Ham’s biggest asset, the club will reportedly ask for over £100m for him given that Jack Grealish went from Aston Villa – a team who have consistently finished lower in the table than West Ham since their Premier League return in 2019 – to Manchester City in the summer for a similar fee.
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