Arsenal are keen on signing West Ham United captain Declan Rice, 90min can verify.
The 24-year-old has repeatedly been linked with a transfer away from London Stadium, with Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Liverpool all recognized to be admirers of the England worldwide.
Till now there’s been no suggestion of Arsenal being eager to signal Rice, however 90min understands that the success of the Gunners’ Premier League marketing campaign has allowed Mikel Arteta and the membership’s hierarchy to revisit their listing of potential targets.
Barring a collapse within the second half of the season, Arsenal look to be shoo-in qualifiers for subsequent season’s Champions League and there is each likelihood they might win the Premier League title – Sunday’s 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur elevated their benefit over reigning champions Man Metropolis to eight factors.
Rice, in the meantime, finds himself on the improper finish of the desk with a West Ham aspect who’ve struggled to get again into video games after going a purpose down. David Moyes’ aspect have misplaced 12 of the 19 Premier League video games they’ve performed to this point this season, regardless of spending an enormous sum of money in the summertime, and are within the relegation zone with simply 15 objectives and factors to their identify.
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The arrivals of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd have been meant to solidify the Hammers’ probabilities of recurrently qualifying for European soccer – in addition to assist persuade Rice to increase his contract – however their £150m+ outlay has didn’t ship any on-field outcomes.
West Ham’s struggles nearly definitely imply that Rice, whose deal on the membership runs till 2024 with the choice of an extra yr, will look to depart this summer time with the intention to additional his profession – he has beforehand expressed his want to play within the Champions League.
Arsenal are contemplating a variety of targets as they appear to strengthen their midfield choices, and sources have informed 90min that Rice may be very a lot on the membership’s radar.
Chelsea additionally stay keen on taking Rice again to Stamford Bridge – they launched him from their academy as a 14-year-old – after big-spending Todd Boehly tried, and failed, to make him one in all his first signings after succeeding Roman Abramovich as Blues proprietor.
West Ham have at all times maintained that any get together might want to pay not less than £100m to signal Rice, although their bargaining energy will proceed to decrease as they battle to remain within the Premier League.