This is not just any ordinary transfer rumour. It’s about a £90m offer, a transfer target and anticipation from two of England’s top football teams.
West Ham have turned down an opening offer of £90m from Arsenal for Declan Rice, as they anticipate Manchester City to enter the bidding process for the English midfielder. Mikel Arteta, the coach of Arsenal, has made Rice one of his main transfer targets, but it is understood that their initial offer was not enough to sway the Hammers. While City has refused to comment on their potential interest in Rice, the Hammers are anticipating a bid from the football giant due to the uncertain futures of City captain Ilkay Gundogan and teammate Bernardo Silva.
David Sullivan, the chairman of West Ham, has already said he is “99%” sure that Rice will leave the club this summer. Rice, who captained the Hammers to victory in the Europa Conference League this year, has played 245 games for the club and has been capped 41 times by England. While he has one year left on his contract, the Hammers have the option to extend that until the summer of 2025, so they can negotiate a substantial transfer fee if they choose to sell the midfielder.
- Arsenal has made an initial bid for Declan Rice, but the offer has been turned down by West Ham.
- West Ham is anticipating a bid from Manchester City, as the team faces uncertainty over the futures of key players.
- West Ham chairman David Sullivan is “99%” sure that Rice will leave the team this summer.
- Rice has played 245 games for West Ham and has been capped 41 times by England.
This news has sent football fans everywhere into a frenzy, eagerly anticipating what could be one of the biggest transfers of the season. But with the Hammers holding strong on their position, it remains to be seen where Rice will be playing come next season.