Arsenal’s first offer for Declan Rice was rejected by West Ham United. Manchester City will probably get involved.
The Gunners’ priority summer transfer is on the way. Like David Ornstein (The Athletic) reported, an initial bid for the Hammers’ captain was made on Thursday. That’s the result of talks between Arsenal and West Ham that took place a day earlier.
Jacob Steinberg from Guardians however, has revealed the initial offer was turned down by the east London club. ESPN now reports that Arsenal have offered £80m plus £10m in bonuses. West Ham value Rice at over £100m.
While West Ham have confirmed Declan Rice is up for sale this summer, they have made it clear he will not go below value. Given the great interest in the midfielder, this attitude is only logical.
According to Ornstein, treble winners Manchester City are also among the interested parties. Their midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is still without a new contract, his current deal expires at the end of the season, which could pave the way for Rice’s arrival.
City’s interest is a setback for Arsenal. The Gunners had seen interest from Manchester United and Chelsea dwindle. FC Bayern Munich is said to have dropped out of the race for Declan Rice on Tuesday. A new obstacle stands in the way of Rice’s signature: the prestigious Premier League champion and tactical genius Pep Guardiola.
However, in order for a transfer to take place – whether to Arsenal, City or another club – there must be an offer. So far this hasn’t happened and it remains to be seen how long this transfer saga will drag on.