Declan Rice has arguably been the biggest topic of the summer transfer season so far, especially for Arsenal.
Several top Premier League clubs have shown an interest in signing the West Ham captain but it appears Arsenal are set to win the race for their number one target this summer. Arsenal remain in advanced negotiations with West Ham over the transfer of Declan Rice.
Arsenal had two bids rejected for the West Ham captain until they produced a third offer of £105million in total which will see Declan Rice become the most expensive British player of all-time. West Ham have accepted the overall fee, however discussions are still ongoing regarding the payment structure of the deal.
Rice has been a target for Arsenal since the January winter transfer window and with the Gunners close to an agreement with West Ham, the club want the deal wrapped up before they head on their pre-season tour in mid-July.READ MORE: Read what Mikel Arteta told the Arsenal players as they returned to training.
Declan Rice recently featured in the England squad which beat North Macedonia by seven goals. Paul Merson was quick to share his thoughts on the player and gave his advice to Arsenal…
“Watching this game, Arsenal have to pay the extra money for Rice. He would take them to another level.”
Arsenal made Declan Rice their number one target this summer because Mikel Arteta believes the player will help the club get to the next level and challenge for the biggest trophies. From Paul Merson’s comments it appears he agrees with the Arsenal boss.
With Manchester City out of the race, the Gunners are confident they will have a deal wrapped up for Declan Rice this week with the 24-year-old set to become the most expensive British player of all-time.
It’s been a long transfer saga but it’s nearly over and it’s one that will most definitely be worth it come next season.