West Ham United’s stubbornness has paid off.
Transfer market pundit Rudy Galletti wrote on social media on Monday (April 28), “Arsenal have made a third offer for Declan Rice. According to David Onsteins, the new offer is for a base price of £100 million, with £5 million in add-ons. West Ham had asked for £100 million for Rice.”
Arsenal are looking to bolster their midfield this summer. With Granit Xhaka’s departure a certainty and Thomas Partey’s departure a possibility, they need to fill the void quickly.
There is a leading candidate. West Ham’s Rice. Captained at a young age, he has an ‘irreplaceable’ status within the team and is a strong candidate for a move. He was originally linked to a move last summer, but the Hammers asked him to stay for another year. He would go on to reach the top of Europe with the club in 2022-23, painting a beautiful picture for his departure.
Arsenal were aggressive and offered West Ham £80 million with options to sign Rice. It was the first official offer. But West Ham rejected it. They wanted more money.
They then made a second offer. “Arsenal will make an improved second offer for Rice,” Onstead of British outlet The Athletic wrote on social media. It’s a basic £75 million plus £15 million in bonuses,” he said.
Even that fell through. West Ham wanted £100 million for Rice and didn’t change their mind.
Despite rejecting the offer twice, the Hammers remained confident. They firmly believed that Arsenal would make an offer that met their needs. “West Ham believe Arsenal’s third offer will be close to their asking price and are keen to see this transfer saga wrapped up quickly,” said Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. 메이저사이트
There was a reason for this. While Arsenal were desperate for midfield reinforcements, the entry of ‘European champions’ Manchester City into the race was a major reason. City parted ways with “captain” Ilkay Gundogan this summer, and Rice was the favorite to replace him. City had also made a formal offer for Rice.
Of course, City’s offer was far from West Ham’s asking price. That’s when Arsenal upped the ante and made a third offer.
It looks like West Ham will accept. It’s a price that’s in line with what they originally asked for, and with options, it’s more than £100 million.