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Declan Rice has indicated his preferred summer transfer direction

Declan Rice has indicated his preferred summer transfer direction

Declan Rice has indicated his preferred summer transfer direction

At the end of this season, West Ham United will be looking to cash in on Declan Rice’s card. If the matter of moving was in the player’s hands alone, he would choose Arsenal.

The saga involving the highly sought-after England international enters a decisive phase. For several seasons, the biggest clubs in the Premier League have been hunting for a defensive midfielder. The group of candidates is already clearly polarized.

In the last laps in the race for the captain of “Hammers”, Arsenal clearly took the lead. The league leader has made the signing a top priority, seeking to create an elite competition for the starting lineup with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

Another advantage of the “Gunners” is that the 24-year-old himself sees them as the best option to lead a football career due to Mikel Arteta’s project bearing fruit.

With Rice’s contract due to expire in less than 18 months, WHU has to prepare for parting ways. The activists still have a contract extension clause up their sleeve until 2025, thanks to which they will be able to raise the stakes in negotiations with potential clients.

Earlier, it seemed that Chelsea was closer to winning the services of the Englishman. The thorough changes at the club since Todd Boehly took power, however, do not fill the footballer with more optimism. Rice’s main motivation is to be part of an established project and get a taste of the Champions League.

Arsenal has these favorable conditions. However, the north London team will have to commit solid funds to welcome the homegrown “The Hammers”. They hope to beat the British transfer record held by Jack Grealish when he moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City, i.e. over 100 million pounds.

Rice made 221 appearances for the current team, adding eleven goals and thirteen assists.

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