Declan Rice Arsenal
Declan Rice Arsenal

Premier League side Manchester United might have to pull out of the race to sign Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham now that they have failed to secure a UCL spot.

United are not going to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season which means they will be playing in the Europa League or the Conference league next season. And this setback means they can no longer afford to attract the big stars.

MEN are reporting[via Stretford Paddock]: “Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the UCL next season effectively scuppers any move for either Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham this summer.”

Will Declan Rice or Bellingham snub a move to Man United?

The failure to remain in Europe’s top tier has affected every club so Manchester United are definitely not immune from this.

For someone like Declan Rice or Bellingham, playing for a top Champions League is the next logical step forward and if Man United aren’t playing in the UCL next season, there’s very little chance they will want to join them.

These players are still very young so they would much rather stay with their current club rather than join a side which will take 3 to 4 more years to rebuild themselves.

Also, missing out on Champions League football will affect United’s transfer budget so it’s highly unlikely that they can afford to pay 120-130 million pounds for a player like Declan Rice.

Good news for Chelsea:

If Man United have seriously suffered a setback in the signing of Declan Rice then it’s great news for Chelsea because they hold a substantial interest in the West Ham United man.

The Hammers should be ready to part ways with Rice in the summer and with Man United out of the picture, Chelsea will find it very easy to bring him on board. We will have to wait and see what their transfer plans will be under their next owner but there’s no denying that Tuchel will love to have a world-class defensive midfielder come in for the next season.

The Blues are sure to be in the Champions League next season and under Thomas Tuchel, they are even a serious contender to win it.

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