West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent times. Rice is set to be the talk of the town during the summer transfer window. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all been heavily linked with a move for the Hammers captain, who is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at the London Stadium once the current season is over.
Of course, David Moyes’ side do have the option to extend Rice’s deal by a further year but the player himself has made it no secret of his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League sooner rather than later.
Arsenal, and most likely United, will be playing in Europe’s premier competition next term, perhaps giving them an edge over the Blues in the race to sign the England international. But there are likely to be plenty of twists and turns yet in the Rice saga, with football. London summarising everything you need to know about the 24-year-old’s future below.
Bidding War for Rice:
According to the Daily Mail, United has officially joined the race to sign Rice, with a bidding war potentially on the horizon – something that West Ham hoped would happen.
It is claimed that Arsenal, who are most advanced in their interest of the England international, are likely to open talks with the Hammers regarding a £90 million deal for Rice. However, this is said to have fallen more than £10 million short of West Ham’s valuation of the player.
West Ham asking price claim
Transfer expert Ben Jacobs has claimed that West Ham may have to settle for less than their asking price when it comes to selling Arsenal target Rice this summer.