Earlier in the January transfer window, West Ham Manager David Moyes warned potential buyers that Declan Rice would be the record British transfer if he is to leave West Ham.
David Moyes on Declan Rice:
“Undoubtedly Declan is going to be a top player. He’ll be a British transfer record if he ever leaves West Ham.”
Rice is a young talented player and has proved it on multiple occasions this season and previous seasons. This immediately makes him a huge asset to West Ham which is why Declan Rice’s transfer fee is rumored to go beyond £100 million.
There are many big clubs eyeing up the player and Arsenal are amongst the favourites to sign the West Ham captain come the end of the season. While there are many clubs hunting for his signature, Declan Rice could be biased towards Arsenal.
Former Arsenal player Jack Wilshere is currently the head coach of the Arsenal U18 team, but when he was a player at the Hammers he was Rice’s team-mate and “best friend” as stated by Declan Rice…
When the two played together, Rice was interviewed by the Official West Ham website and admitted…
“Me and Jack has been a surprise friendship. We get on so well, we’re like best friends really.”
Now at Arsenal, Wilshere could play a key role in convincing Declan Rice to choose Arsenal over so many big clubs who are chasing for his signature.
It’s been previously reported that Arsenal have made Declan Rice their number one target for the summer and Wilshere’s relationship with the player could hand Arsenal a huge boost in their pursuit for the 24-year-old.
Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring in a top quality midfielder all January. However they were unable to land Moises Caicedo from Brighton & there was no chance Declan Rice was leaving West Ham during the season when they’re in a relegation battle.
Arsenal had to settle for Jorginho, however this transfer isn’t expected to stop them going for both Moises Caicedo & Declan Rice come the summer window.