Arsenal Set to Break Transfer Record to Sign Declan Rice
Arsenal is on the brink of signing their prime target, Declan Rice, from West Ham. The Gunners are reportedly nearing an agreement with the Hammers over a transfer fee that could exceed £100m, shattering the club’s previous record of £72m paid for Nicolas Pepe in 2019, as reported by The Guardian.
Mikel Arteta has identified Rice as his top priority for the summer transfer window. The North London club is keen to finalise the deal swiftly to stave off competition from other football giants, including Bayern Munich. While a formal bid is yet to be submitted, talks between the clubs are progressing smoothly, and there is optimism that the deal will be finalised soon.
According to the same report, Arsenal is unlikely to face any hurdles regarding personal terms as Rice is keen on moving to the Emirates. The Gunners initially planned to shell out about £90m for the 24-year-old, but the deal is likely to surpass the £100m mark.