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Bayern Munich 'identify Sofyan Amrabat as Declan Rice alternative'

  /  autty

Morocco World Cup hero Sofyan Amrabat is emerging as an alternative to Declan Rice for Bayern Munich this summer, according to a report.

Bayern have reportedly made Rice one of their main summer transfer targets with the midfielder set to leave West Ham, but he's not short of options and may end up heading elsewhere.

Arsenal are one of the clubs also in the race, with a £90million bid from the Premier League runners up expected soon.

Rice is said to have held talks with Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks over a potential move but is yet to decide his next destination.

According to Sky Sport Germany, Bayern are keeping tabs on Amrabat incase a move for the England man falls through, with the German champions keen to sign a midfielder even if Rice doesn't join.

Amrabat caught the world's attention with some impressive performances at the Qatar World Cup as Morocco came fourth in the tournament.

He's attracting interest from some of Europe's top sides, having too impressed with Fiorentina.

The 26-year-old's last game for the Italian side was Wednesday's Conference League final, in which he and his team lost out to Rice's West Ham.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan has already confirmed the club's intentions to allow Rice to move on this summer, telling TalkSport: 'I think it has to be [his last game]. We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going.

'You can't ask for a man who has committed more to us this season. In due course, he has to get on and we have to get a replacement – or several replacements.

'It's not something we want to happen. We offered him £200,000-a-week 18 months ago. He turned it down.

'It's cost him £10million to stay at West Ham in that time (in lost wages). And he wants to go. You can't keep a player who doesn't want to be there.'

Arsenal have been leading the chase for Rice's signature and it is thought he prefers to stay in England rather than move abroad.

'I think the offers will start to come today,' Sullivan added. 'There are three or four clubs who have shown interest, but out of respect to West Ham, while we're still playing, you don't make offers for players.

'That's not the way decent clubs do things.'