Of course, whether a rival bid for Rice comes to fruition will depend on United’s success with player sales early in the window.
A striker remains Ten Hag’s primary focus to add goals to his team. Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Goncalo Ramos are among his leading targets.
But stealing a march on Arsenal for Rice would add more goals to his midfield and provide Casemiro with a world-class partner and eventual successor.
There will be more affordable options, but Rice’s availability could be too big an opportunity to miss.
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