According to journalist Dean Jones, Arsenal target, Declan Rice, is eagerly “anticipating” an offer from the Gunners as he awaits a potential move from West Ham United.
What is the update on Rice to Arsenal?
Recent reports state that Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu have taken a keen interest in the West Ham United star with rumours circulating that they are the current front-runners for Rice’s signature.
The midfielder is also believed to be on course to leave David Moyes’ team this summer as he has made no secret of his ambition to reach the top level of professional football.
“Seeing all these top players win the trophies, win the Premier League, the Champions League growing up as a kid,” said Rice in an interview last year.
“As a player and a football fan, I aspire to win the best titles, the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cups, League Cups and even with England, I want to win it all.”
Arsenal is looking to seize the opportunity and bring Rice on board to strengthen their midfield options, with the 24-year-old emerging as one of their primary transfer targets.
Reporter Jones has revealed to GiveMeSport that the England international is eagerly “anticipating” an offer from Arsenal and confirmed that he considers it his preference.
Regarding Newcastle’s chances of signing the midfielder, he stated:
“If they manage to make the top four, it will certainly increase the likelihood that they can join the bid. Nonetheless, it is still reliant on the available funding for such a deal, as well as how the player himself perceives the project. It’s definitely an interesting scenario, but as of now, Rice’s focus is on anticipating an offer from Arsenal.”
Is Rice a good fit for Arsenal?
As West Ham’s star player and midfield leader, the homegrown talent holds the highest interception rate per 90, as well as being the club’s best all-around performer (WhoScored).
Several members of the press have referred to him as “underrated,” and dependable journalist David Ornstein of The Athletic suggests that Rice could leave West Ham for around £75 million this summer.
Rice’s preference for a move to North London could well incentivize Arsenal to make a move, and we think he could considerably strengthen Mikel Arteta’s team.