Wednesday 21 August 2019

Richarlison and Declan Rice on Manchester United's summer wish-list

Manchester United may make a move for Declan Rice
Manchester United may make a move for Declan Rice
Everton's Richarlison is the latest player to be considered by United as part of a summer overhaul

Jason Burt

Richarlison is the latest player to be considered by Manchester United as part of a huge summer overhaul of their failing squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to want as many as five signings, including a versatile forward.

England winger Jadon Sancho and midfielder Declan Rice are already among the targets but there is also believed to have been a discussion over Everton's Richarlison, who can play in a number of positions across the front line.

Everton signed Richarlison on a five-year contract from Watford in a potential £50 million deal last summer.

He had moved to Watford from Brazilian club Fluminense for £11.5m in 2017. Everton, who do not want to sell, would want in excess of the fee they paid, which started with an initial £35m.

The forward has 14 goals this season, and is Everton's top scorer.

He scored the spectacular first goal in their 4-0 beating of United last Sunday, although he was taken off with a suspected rib injury and is a major doubt for their fixture away to Crystal Palace tomorrow.

The 21-year-old scored twice on his Brazil debut last September and has also been linked to Barcelona and AC Milan.

Last week, it is understood that Richarlison was raised with the United hierarchy, although it remains to be seen how prominent he is in their thinking as they plan their recruitment drive.

Solskjaer has already identified another right-back, two midfielders - Ander Herrera is set to join Paris St-Germain on a free transfer with his contract expiring at the end of this season - and a centre-half.

As well as Sancho, who would cost around £100m from Borussia Dortmund, United have been monitoring Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and West Ham star Rice. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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