Arsenal are set to finalise a deal for number one target Declan Rice on Monday after a £105million bid was submitted last week.
Arsenal made an opening bid for Declan Rice about three weeks ago after multiple reports since January suggested they would make a move for the player. This bid was valued at £80million which was rejected by West Ham in a couple of minutes.
Arsenal made a second bid two weeks ago of £95million for the England International which was also rejected. However things stepped up a notch when Manchester City entered the race by matching the Gunners’ £95million bid, however with a better payment structure. Their bid was also rejected by West Ham as they hold out for over £100million.
Declan Rice was Arsenal’s number one target ahead of next season and their third bid illustrated that. Last week the Gunners submitted a third offer for the West Ham captain of £100million + £5million worth of add-ons.
The two clubs agree over the overall fee for the player, however there are still some small details too finalise before the deal can be agreed. Both clubs are on the same page and these small details are expected to be ironed out on Monday with Declan Rice set to become the most expensive British player in the history of the game.
West Ham want the £100million paid in three instalments over a 18 month period, where as Arsenal have offered the fee in four instalments over a 24 month period. This is expected to be ironed out tomorrow with a medical schedule for Declan Rice later this week before he can complete his big money move to North London.
Arsenal promised Declan Rice they would pay whatever it takes to bring him to North London this summer. The club made it clear to the player months ago they would do whatever it takes to get him & in return Arsenal became Declan Rice’s number one priority. After speaking with Mikel Arteta and hearing this, the player only wanted Arsenal despite interest from Manchester City.
That’s why Arsenal have been so confident all along, even despite Manchester City entering the race and now the club want it wrapped up as soon as possible.
Josh Kroenke has also played a big part in negotiations, as well as Edu, over the last week. With a deal of this size, the Arsenal owner wanted to be involved in the negotiations to make sure the club done everything it could to get the deal over the line.
It’s been reported Declan Rice ideally wants to stay in London which gave Arsenal the advantage over Manchester City in the race for the England international’s signature.
Arsenal have been on an upward trajectory since Mikel Arteta took over as head coach. They even challenged league giants Manchester City in the 2022/23 season for the Premier League title which very few people predicted at the start of the campaign. It is very clear that the club is heading in the right direction which is why so many players are attracted to the North London outfit this summer.
Mikel Arteta is leading one of Europe’s most exciting projects and the Arsenal boss is confident Declan Rice will be a part of it at the Emirates Stadium next season. With many new long-term contract extensions being agreed, as well as new signings such as Champions League winner Kai Havertz, Arsenal are looking to push again for the Premier League title next season and hopefully this time go one step further.
Arsenal want Declan Rice and it seems like Rice wants Arsenal. The club are confident the deal will be wrapped up soon. The Gunners are also close to signing Jurrien Timber from Ajax and are keeping a close eye on Romeo Lavia from Southampton.