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Arsenal are reportedly more than £10 million short of West Ham United’s asking price for Declan Rice.
Declan Rice is a top target for Arsenal this summer, but they aren’t willing to pay West Ham United’s asking price.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are the most advanced club when it comes to signing Rice.
Manchester United is also interested, but Arsenal is currently at the top of the list.
The report does note, however, that Arsenal’s valuation of Rice is more than £10 million higher than West Ham’s.
The exact figures are not disclosed, but West Ham may prefer to spend more than £100 million.
It’s difficult to imagine Arsenal paying that much for Rice, but £10 million isn’t a huge gap to close.
This summer, Arsenal will have a real chance of convincing West Ham to sell, but it will not be cheap.
Declan Rice has become more important to Arsenal.
Arsenal’s interest in signing Rice has been circulating since January.
Even after signing Jorginho on deadline day, Arsenal clearly wants to bolster their midfield this summer.
The interest made sense at the time, and it makes even more sense now.
Granit Xhaka appears set to leave Arsenal this summer, with a move to Bayer Leverkusen appearing to be on the cards.
Fans may notice similarities between Xhaka and Rice, possibly noticing that Rice, like Xhaka, can play in a more advanced role.
According to the Mirror, two clubs are vying for Thomas Partey’s signature, which would deprive Arsenal of another midfielder.
Making a big splash to bolster Arsenal’s midfield for the long term is critical, and Rice appears to be the top target.
Arsenal’s need for Rice is growing, which may tempt them to raise their valuation even higher.
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