Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all entered the race to try and sign West Ham captain, Declan Rice this summer.
Despite the interest from other Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal still remain the favourites to sign Declan Rice this summer, however the Gunners will have to increase their bid after having an opening offer rejected by West Ham today.
Arsenal’s initial bid of £80m + £10m in add-ons was rejected by West Ham this morning, with the Gunners preparing a second offer which is expected to be submitted very soon. Arsenal’s next approach for West Ham’s captain is expected to be over £100million in total which is a lot nearer what the Hammers are looking for.
According to the Metro, despite the interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, Declan Rice still favours a move to Arsenal this summer with the player keen to join Mikel Arteta’s project at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham expect the Gunners to return with an improved offer by the end of the week and as long as the two clubs can agree on a fee, then Declan Rice will be an Arsenal player come the end of the summer with the player wanting the move to the Emirates Stadium over any other team.
Rice has played 245 games for West Ham since breaking into the first-team during the 2016-17 season and been capped 41 times by England. Last week, West Ham chairman David Sullivan said he was ’99 per cent’ sure that Rice would leave during the summer transfer window.
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.
Declan Rice won the UEFA Europa Conference League with West Ham recently 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.”