United have been linked with Rice since the West Ham and England midfielder entered the first team with the Hammers at the age of 18.
Chelsea are believed to be Rice’s favorite destination if he leaves West Ham, which values the defensive midfielder at £ 80million.
Rice, who can also play at center-back, is ambitious for football and Champions League trophies and although the Hammers are just three points away from fourth place, the club fear he may leaves this summer.
Talks about a new exceptional pay raise have yet to materialize – but he’s unlikely to move to Old Trafford.
A source close to the player said: “Dec has been flattered by the interest in him, but he doesn’t see himself moving to Manchester. It’s obvious where he would like his next move to be.
Rice has an unfinished business with Chelsea who let him go at the age of 14 after spending eight years in their junior academy.
England star best friend and compatriot Mason Mount is at Stamford Bridge and Blues boss Frank Lampard has made no secret of his admiration for the star, who turns 22 this week.
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But after a £ 200million transfer spree and erratic results so far this season, Lampard is under pressure to deliver with the squad he has.
Meanwhile, Chelsea appear to have been beaten at the signing of Ecuadorian international Moses Caicedo.
Brighton are said to have had an offer of £ 4.5million accepted for the 19-year-old, who will move to the Premier League from Independiente del Valle.
Man Utd were also keeping an eye on the midfielder.