The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from West Ham United this summer, with Manchester City, the Red Devils and Chelsea all reportedly keen on the player. Ten Hag is set to make a new midfielder his primary target in the transfer window as he looks to bolster his squad.
Rice could be someone who makes the move to Old Trafford, although West Ham are hugely reluctant to lose arguably their brightest prospect. This is even after the England international rejected a staggering eight-year, 200,000-a-week contract. He has so far turned down three new deals with the Hammers, who are keen to keep him from the clutches of their Premier League rivals.
However, the Red Devils are hunting for new midfield options with Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba set to leave the club with their contracts expiring. Kleberson, who spend two years at United, admitted Rice would not be a “big signing” despite his qualities.
He told GOAL : “Whether Declan Rice is worth £100m depends on how Erik ten Hag wants to play. Declan Rice is a good player, and he can help Manchester United to make better decisions in most areas, but it all depends on how the new manager uses him.
“He’s not a big signing but more of a project and he would fit in well at United. It might take a bit of time for him to settle, but the more minutes he gets, he can help Manchester United.”
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Kleberson also suggested Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes could be a long-term target for the Red Devils. He has impressed in the North-East since his £40million move from Lyon in January amid potential transfer interest from a host of Champions League clubs.
Kleberson added: “It might be a bit too soon, but the way he plays, the quality he has and the way he’s improved Newcastle’s players, I’d love to see Bruno Guimaraes at Manchester United. He’s doing a great job at Newcastle and it’s too early to move to United but he’s one for the future.
“He plays more like the way Manchester United need their players to play. He has fewer touches on the ball and is always passing forwards which creates a lot of dangerous situations for the opponent. He’s not the guy who holds on to the ball too long, he takes quick touches and can speed the game up.”