Declan Rice Set to Urge West Ham to Accept Arsenal’s Offer as Manchester City Withdraws

Declan Rice, the West Ham United captain, is poised to request that his club accepts Arsenal’s latest offer after Manchester City withdrew from the race for his signature. Arsenal submitted a substantial bid of £100 million, along with an additional £5 million in add-ons, for the services of the English international on Tuesday night. Although the offer was not immediately accepted, negotiations are ongoing to finalize the deal structure. With Manchester City ending their pursuit of Rice after being unwilling to exceed their previous £90 million bid, Arsenal now has a clear path to secure the signature of the West Ham skipper. Rice is prepared to ask his club to accept Arsenal’s offer, and there is growing confidence that an agreement between Arsenal and West Ham will be reached by the end of the day.

Rice’s Desire for a Move to Arsenal

Throughout the process, the 24-year-old has expressed a preference for a move to North London, with Arsenal’s eagerness to secure the deal dating back to January. If the transfer is completed, Rice will surpass Jack Grealish as the most expensive British player of all time. Arsenal is also expected to finalize the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea in a £65 million deal this week. Additionally, the club has made significant progress in their pursuit of Jurrien Timber from Ajax, with personal terms already agreed upon.

Manchester City’s Focus Shifts

Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, had expressed a keen interest in strengthening his midfield following Ilkay Gundogan’s departure to Barcelona. However, after declining to engage in a bidding war with Arsenal for Rice, the club will now shift its attention to other targets. City is also hoping to secure the services of RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol, in what is expected to be a world-record deal for a defender. Negotiations are underway, with Leipzig seeking a fee of at least €100 million (£86 million) for the Croatian international.

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With Manchester City stepping back from the race, Declan Rice is ready to urge West Ham United to accept Arsenal’s latest offer. The Gunners’ substantial bid has put them in a favorable position to secure the services of the West Ham captain, subject to finalizing the deal structure. As negotiations continue, all parties involved are working towards reaching an agreement, with growing confidence that a resolution will be reached by the end of the day. Meanwhile, Manchester City will redirect their focus to other transfer targets as they aim to bolster their midfield and secure defensive reinforcements.

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