• Jadon Sancho is finally joining Manchester United
  • The club is also in pursuit of Real Madrid's Rafael Varane
  • Adding West Ham's Declan Rice to the club's midfield could be exactly what they need

After seeing a fruitful end to the Jadon Sancho transfer saga, Manchester United is still looking to improve the team in other areas.

Reports state that the Red Devils are looking to add more talent on the defensive line and that Manchester United has their eyes set on Real Madrid center-back Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid opted to decline Manchester United’s £50 million ($59.3 million) bid for Varane as the Spanish club is only looking to entertain offers that are in the ballpark of £80 million ($94.8 million).

Declan Rice, Euro 2020
JUNE 29: Declan Rice of England runs with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on June 29, 2021 in London, England Photo by Shaun Botterill - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Their rebuffing of the Manchester United offer is a confusing one since Varane’s contract is set to expire next year, so it looks like Real Madrid is looking to maximize Varane’s value and get a hefty sum for the transfer.

With a body of work that will impress any club, Varane will be linked to Manchester United in the days to come.

However, should their pursuit of the French national fall through, it might be better off for the Old Trafford side to look within the English Premier League.

West Ham United’s Declan Rice could be on the table for the right price.

The defensive midfielder was a key piece of England’s defeat of Germany in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.

Rice has been looking at a potential move to Manchester United, according to reports, since there are no signs that point to him committing to an extension with West Ham.

His current deal still has three years left in it, and West Ham is more than willing to hold out in the event that a club bids for Rice since their expected asking price is at £100 million ($118.5 million).

The English national team player has the physical attributes that look to be a force in either the midfield and at center-back as Rice does have experience in playing both positions.

Should Manchester United pull off a transfer deal for Rice, the move gives them more midfield security and would allow both Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek space to play in.

At this point, the Manchester United offense is more than potent enough to score a couple of goals per match, but adding the young defensive-minded midfielder could be the most important move they make this summer.