Ex-England star names two signings to bring Manchester United into title race

A former England midfielder believes the arrival of Declan Rice and Harry Kane at Manchester United would once again turn the club into title contenders.

Carlton Palmer, who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Southampton in the Premier League and was capped 18 times by England, believes the English pair would project Manchester United in the league alongside Man City and Liverpool.

The pair have been linked with a move to Old Trafford. But Kane came close to joining Man City last summer.

Pep Guardiola made a few offers for Spurs No 9 but Daniel Levy stood firm and Kane ultimately decided to stay put. It remains to be seen whether he will stay there next season, under Antonio Conte. But it will take a monster fee for Levy to sell to a Premier League rival.

Rice, for his part, has also been linked with the two Manchester clubs after seeing his stock soar over the past two years.

Indeed, David Moyes, who liked Rice at a prohibitive sum of £100 million last summer, has now increased this rating.

“The first thing to say is that he’s not for sale,” Moyes said earlier this month.

“But if you’re interested, well, it’ll be north of that. Because £100m was cheap last summer, and £150m just now would be a minimum. But it’s not for sale. »

Palmer, 56, for his part doesn’t think the deals will happen, but he said GiveMeSport that the duo would bring United back in the title race: “Of course they have to be title contenders. I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“They definitely need to strengthen at the back. They definitely need a midfielder, and they definitely need a striker. So we will have to see. »

United are set to lose Paul Pogba on a free transfer at the end of the season. The France international is yet to sign a new contract and looks set to change.

Cristiano Ronaldo could also follow him outside Old Trafford. But this decision could concern potential new coach Erik ten Hag.

The Ajax boss is set to hand over the reins at Old Trafford. And the 52-year-old will surely be looking to bring his own transfer targets.

Indeed, one of the main conditions for Ten Hag to take the job, according to Fabrizio Romano, was that he wanted to get involved in the club’s transfers.

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