Reports suggest that Arsenal is still actively pursuing Declan Rice, while Manchester City’s attempt to secure the West Ham midfielder with a £90 million ($115m) bid has been turned down.
Following their successful Treble-winning campaign in 2022-23, the Premier League champions have identified England international Declan Rice as a primary target for the upcoming summer transfer window. With the departure of Ilkay Gundogan as a free agent, manager Pep Guardiola is determined to strengthen the midfield.
However, their attempt to secure Rice has hit a stumbling block, as The Telegraph reports that Manchester City’s bid, which matched Arsenal’s highest offer, has been rejected. The proposed deal consisted of £80 million in guaranteed payments and an additional £10 million in add-ons.
Despite Manchester City’s interest, West Ham is standing firm in their position and insists that a £100 million ($127m) agreement would be necessary to pry Rice away from the club. As the midfielder is still under contract with the East London side, there is no pressure for West Ham to part ways with their captain.
In the coming days, Arsenal is anticipated to make a counter offer as they strive to meet West Ham’s demands, indicating their growing proximity to a potential agreement. It remains to be seen whether Manchester City will be willing to match a fee that equals or surpasses their club-record signing of Jack Grealish in 2021.