Manchester City ready to rival Arsenal for Declan Rice
Manchester City are expected to make an opening offer for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, a move that could potentially rival Arsenal‘s pursuit of the player.
Arsenal had previously made a club-record proposal worth up to £90 million (comprising a £75m fee and £15m in add-ons), which was turned down by their Premier League rivals earlier this week. However, it is believed Arsenal are inching closer to a fee that West Ham are aiming to achieve if their captain is to depart.
Rice, who has been a dominant figure in transfer gossip headlines due to his superb form for West Ham, was initially thought to be leaning towards Arsenal. However, the equation seems to be changing with Manchester City’s recent interest. The Premier League champions are reportedly preparing a bid for the 24-year-old, a move that could significantly impact the transfer dynamics.
🚨 Manchester City expected to submit an offer to West Ham for Declan Rice today. #MCFC have serious interest in recruiting 24yo England midfielder + it is anticipated a formal bid will be lodged soon to rival Arsenal for signing @TheAthleticFC#WHUFC#AFChttps://t.co/6ZNtsYPSOh
The England international has made 245 appearances for West Ham since making his debut in 2017. His ability to break up opposition attacks and turn defensive play into an attacking one has made him one of the best players in Europe. His anticipation, timing, and decision-making skills have been lauded as top-level.
With Ilkay Gundogan opting to join Barcelona, City have turned their attention to Rice and are expected to pursue the 24-year-old vigorously. This move could potentially disrupt Arsenal’s plans, who are keen to secure Rice’s services to bolster their midfield.