Arsenal in talks to sign Rice in record deal in days - sources

By Fraser Fletcher, Transfer Correspondent

8th Jun, 2023 | 11:45am

Revealed: Arsenal ready to sign Declan Rice in £92m deal within days - sources

Arsenal could be days away now from completing the club-record signing of West Ham skipper Declan Rice, sources have told Football Insider.

Hammers owners David Sullivan admitted in the aftermath of the club securing their first trophy in 43 years that the 24-year-old has likely played his last game for West Ham after being “promised” he could leave this summer.

Arsenal have been working for months on laying the groundwork for a deal for Rice and a deal worth close to £100million is now edging closer.

It could be completed within the next week, sources have said.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that Rice has said “yes” to the Arsenal project and the club’s proposal – and wants to remain in London.

There is already a verbal agreement in place on terms, although a fee for the West Ham star has yet to be agreed by the two clubs.

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The east Londoners are holding out for a fee of £100million, while Arsenal want to pay around £80-85million for the England international.

The likelihood is that a deal worth around £92m could be enough to secure a full agreement.

Long-time admirers Man United are waiting in the wings to swoop in if fee can’t be agreed – while German giants Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest.

Rice is out of contract at the London Stadium next year (2024) – although the Irons have the option to extend his stay a further 12 months.

He has been a virtual ever-present for David Moyes’s side in the 2022-23 campaign – making 36 Premier League starts among 50 appearances in all competitions.

Rice is set to replace long-serving midfielder Granit Xhaka at the Emirates Stadium – with the Switzerland international reportedly set to join Bayer Leverkusen.

In other news, two Arsenal deals agreed as huge clearout begins.