Arsenal target and West Ham United captain Declan Rice has promised the Gunners he will move north from east London this summer.
That’s according to reports saying the struggling Irons captain is about to leave the club where he has risen through the ranks to make a huge transfer across the capital. The Gunners are the best in the league and many people’s favorites for the Premier League title.
In addition, according to him, Rice turned down three contracts that were offered to him by his employers at the London Stadium the guard (opens in new tab). Sky Sports (opens in new tab)meanwhile, say one of them was an eight-year deal.
Now, Spanish outlet Nacional, via Football365 (opens in new tab) have reported that Rice has told European champions Real Madrid he is not interested in moving to the Santiago Bernabeu to become the long-term replacement for Casemiro – who joined Manchester United in the summer.
Rice could have formed a ferocious midfield for the next decade with Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in the Spanish capital – all three are under 24 years old – but apparently he has “given his word” to Arsenal.
Last April, David Moyes said his star was not for sale under circumstances and put a big price tag on his head to ward off suitors
“£150 million would be the minimum at the moment, but he’s not for sale,” Hammers boss said. “What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that are considering it.”
However, with the England international approaching the final year of his contract, West Ham are faced with a choice: let him leave for free at the end of his contract or cash in on the talent.
Rice is estimated at €80 million by Transfer market (opens in new tab).
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