Arsenal set to begin talks with West Ham for Declan Rice

Arsenal are set to make an official bid for Declan Rice after reportedly enquiring about his price-tag.

The West Ham skipper has been on Arsenal’s shortlist for a long time. He is now poised for a big money move away from the Hammers this summer, according to reports.

Rice is reported to be high on Mikel Arteta’s list of targets for the summer. But the Gunners are not the only ones looking to acquire his services.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been long-time admirers of the England international and remain interested. It was also reported that German giants Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in signing Rice.

West Ham have reportedly set an asking price upwards of £100 million for Declan Rice. This price tag would rule out many clubs from signing the Englishman.

According to reports from Germany, Bayern Munich’s chiefs are very impressed with Rice but are aware that a deal is unlikely due to his high price tag and interest from Premier League clubs.

Manchester United have been linked with Declan Rice for many years now but the Red Devils are unlikely to sign him now as they are focused on other targets.

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Rice came through the Chelsea youth academy and a return has always been rumoured, but there are no reports of the Blues being interested in him currently.

English outlet The Telegraph has reported that Arsenal are planning an initial offer worth £92 million for Rice. This would already make Rice the most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history, if accepted.

The red half of North London looks like the most likely destination for the Englishman, especially since Granit Xhaka is reported to be heading out at the end of the season.

Hammers boss David Moyes has stated that there is a good chance that Rice will leave the club this summer but there is no guarantee over his price tag. His contract runs out in 2024 and he has publicly expressed his desire to play in the Champions League.

The defensive midfielder is an attractive prospect as he is only 24 years of age and has already shown impressive leadership skills to go with his supreme technical abilities.

Rice is already the captain at West Ham at such a young age and has already played over 200 times for the Hammers. He also has 41 caps for England.