Manchester City fear that the race for West Ham star Declan Rice will go to an auction, according to TEAMtalk.

Rice is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets ahead of the summer transfer window. Man City want the young midfielder to replace Fernandinho for the long-term future.

But they now face a battle to land Rice, which could prompt Man City to turn their attention to Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez instead.

Who wants Declan Rice?

Four clubs have been linked with England and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. (photo by Nikola Krstic/Action Plus via Getty Images)

According to TEAMtalk, Manchester City will face competition from city rivals Manchester United for Rice. Both Manchester clubs see Rice as a future star.

But Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also want the England international. With several young Englishman heading to the Bundesliga now, Rice could be next.

He could join his England team-mate Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, while champions Bayern Munich are also keen on the starlet.

Declan Rice at West Ham

Declan Rice is one of West Ham’s best players. (photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It is no surprise to see so many clubs lining up moves for Rice. He has been West Ham’s most consistent outfield player this season.

Operating in the holding midfield role in front of the back four, the 20-year-old has shown that he can read the game, break up play and pick his passes.

West Ham face an uphill struggle to convince him to stay for the long-term with big clubs across Europe already lining up swoops.

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