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Arsenal closing in on £100m Declan Rice transfer with things moving quickly

Arsenal are getting closer to bringing in their number one target this summer.

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According to the latest reports, Arsenal are closing in on a £100mm transfer for their number one target, Declan Rice this summer.

According to The Guardian, Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee with West Ham for Declan Rice with the Gunners expected to pay more than £100m for the midfielder if certain add-ons are achieved. Declan Rice is fully sold on the Arsenal project and is a big fan of Mikel Arteta ahead of a likely move to the Emirates this summer.

A bid is yet to be submitted but talks between the clubs are progressing smoothly and there is confidence that the deal will be finalised soon. Arsenal made Declan Rice their number one target and they’re getting closer to getting their man.

There aren’t expected to be any issues when it comes to personal terms. The Gunners are moving quickly in order to avoid the competition from Premier League rivals with the club keen to pay around £90m upfront for the 24-year-old. West Ham want as much money as possible and have asked for add-ons that would take the fee to more than £100m.

Declan Rice won the UEFA Europa Conference League with West Ham on Wednesday night and after the game the West Ham captain was asked about his future. The England International said: “There’s a lot of speculation going on about my future. There is interest from other clubs. That’s out there. But ultimately I’ve still got two years left at West Ham.”

“I love this club. I love playing for this club. There hasn’t been nothing yet so my focus is playing for West Ham, enjoying tonight and seeing what happens. “I’m captain of this club, I absolutely love it to pieces. I cannot speak highly enough of this place and let’s see what happens.”

Declan Rice preferred move this summer is to Arsenal with the player already telling his teammates and people he works with that he will be at London Colney next season. Declan Rice is ready to leave the Hammers as he wants to challenge for the biggest trophies in the country, as well as playing in the Champions League which Arsenal can offer him.

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Declan Rice is Arsenal’s number one target this summer. [Image Credit: Getty Images]

If Arsenal can agree a fee with West Ham, which is looking more likely by the day, then Declan Rice will be an Arsenal player next season, no doubt. He wants the move to happen. It is expected that Arsenal will be granted major funds from the board this summer and Rice remains the top priority for the Gunners.

The Kroenke’s are ready to back Arsenal in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title again next season, as well as competing in the Champions League for the first time in seven years. Mikel Arteta is determined to bring in more quality in depth to his squad to prevent the same shortcomings happening next season.

With Granit Xhaka on his way out, Declan Rice is seen as the first priority for Arsenal during the upcoming transfer window with the Gunners set to have one of their biggest windows in the clubs history.

It is reported that Arsenal will offer Declan Rice a contract worth in the region of £250,000-per-week, which will make him one of the highest paid players at the Emirates Stadium.

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