Declan Rice has been a hot topic this transfer window, with West Ham boss David Moyes preparing for his likely exit back in May of this year.
Man City were recently reported as being one of the clubs pursuing Rice, but it is now reported that the treble winners will focus their efforts elsewhere.
That may have something to do with the sheer cost of landing the England midfielder this summer…
Arsenal’s first bid was a club record, with the London side offering West Ham £90 million (£75 million fee + £15 million add-ons) which was rejected by their Premier League rivals.
Man City also offered a similar sized deal to the Hammers, which was also swiftly rejected.
Arsenal’s second bid came shortly afterwards, showing the level of intent the Gunners have when it comes to being the one to land Rice.
Their second bid was a whopping £100 million, which was again rejected by West Ham this past week!
Now the 2023 Premier League runners-up are preparing a ridiculous £105 million deal in order to pry Rice away from London Stadium this summer.
Although the deal has not yet been accepted, it is reported that the two clubs are in discussions over the proposed deal, with an agreement expected to be made in the coming days.
Rice’s enormous price tag is surely the reason Man City, who have been investigated this season for financial conduct, want to focus their attention elsewhere.
The Premier League champs have been rumoured to be preparing a massive overhaul of their treble winning squad this season, with captain Ilkay Gundogan having already departed the Etihad.
What City’s side will look like next season will be interesting to see unfold, as will Arsenal’s lineup if their huge £105 million deal for Rice is accepted!