Manchester City are not ready to throw in the towel for the race for Declan Rice’s signature just yet.
They are believed to have talked to both West Ham and Declan’s Rice camp through intermediaries but have yet to make a formal bid.
Part of their nervousness is whether Declan would agree to personal terms with the treble champions.
It is well known that Declan would like to remain in Surrey with his young family in their house; it is also well known that his preference would be Arsenal with his admiration of Mikel Arteta. Dec is also believed to like the thought of being part of winning something with a young team rather than being handed automatic success on a plate.
However, in the last few days, it has become clear that the Rice camp needs to be seen to be open-minded and not make this a one-horse race.
West Ham holds the player’s registration, and they are keen to agree terms with the highest bidder, whoever happens to be; it would then be up to the player to then approve or reject a contract. And that could leave a scenario where it leaves both parties in limbo.
Arsenal need to believe that Manchester City are a true competitor and viable destination for Dec to be coaxed into a third bid. Hence, it’s in Rice’s own interest not to close any doors during the transfer window.