Arsenal have made a third and perhaps final offer for Declan Rice tonight, as broken by David Ornstein in the Athletic tonight.
Ornstein revealed, “Arsenal have tonight submitted a massive offer to West Ham for England midfielder Declan Rice. Proposal is for £100m + £5m in add-ons – would be a record for a British player as Arsenal try to agree deal with West Ham for top target.”
The bid has not been denied by Arsenal, Rice Camp or West Ham sources adding credence to the claims.
Jacobsteinbeerg from the Guardian added, “Unless there’s something even bigger on the way it’s hard to make a case for West Ham not to accept £105m. Rice’s preference has been Arsenal for a while and they’ve met the asking price. At some point West Ham need to move on and start planning for next season.”
He later updated his understanding by saying “West Ham have not accepted Arsenal’s latest bid of £105m for Declan Rice. They are not happy with the payment structure proposed by Arsenal. Talks ongoing – offer itself not rejected out of hand – and West Ham expecting City to bid tomorrow”
The combined £105m doesn’t quite reach the £106.8m British record Chelsea paid for Enzo Fernandez
But it does pass the British domestic record of £100m that Manchester City paid Villa for Jack Grealish.
Yesterday West Ham sources were insisting that their minimal requirement for Rice was £110m plus £10m of add-ons so this is still a little way from that.
Arsenal’s add-ons are thought to include them winning the Premier League and the Champions League within five years.
West Ham have always insisted they are in no rush so can afford to find out whether Manchester City are serious or not.