Manchester City’s reported interest in Florentino good news for West Ham United

26th September 2018, London Stadium, London, England; Carabao Cup football, third round, West Ham United versus Macclesfield Town; General view of London Stadium under blue skies before...

West Ham United’s Declan Rice is reportedly on the radar of Manchester City.

Declan Rice of West Ham warms up before the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on April 13, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

According to Gianlucadimarzio.com, Manchester City are looking at signing Florentino Luis from Benfica in the summer transfer window as a potential replacement for Fernandinho, and that is good news for West Ham United in regard to keeping hold of Declan Rice.

Fernandinho is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and is a key figure in the current City, but the Brazil international is 33 years of age.

 

City have to start searching for a long-term successor to the former Shakhtar Donetsk star, and it seems that they have identified 19-year-old Portuguese defensive midfielder Florentino.

That is good news for West Ham, as it means that City manager Pep Guardiola is not just solely focused on signing Rice this summer and is looking at alternatives.

Florentino Luis of SL Benfica in action during the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and Vitoria FC at Estadio da Luz on April 14, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

According to The Sun, City are interested in the 20-year-old England international, who can operate as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.

According to WhoScored, Rice has made 31 appearances in the Premier League for West Ham so far this season, scoring two goals in the process.

Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis (R) vies with Feirense's Portuguese forward Joao Silva (L) during the Premier League 2018

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