Arsenal FC are close to signing Rice after opening official talks with West Ham.
Arsenal FC are close to signing Declan Rice in what will be a club record deal for the Gunners, according to Report.
Declan Rice’s transfer price, which is anticipated to exceed £100 million when bonuses are factored in, will make him the club’s highest signing, surpassing Nicolas Pepe’s £72.5 million deal in 2019.
Formal talks between the clubs began following West Ham’s UEFA Conference League final victory, with Hammers owner David Sullivan saying that he ‘promised’ Rice that he could leave the club this summer.
Talks are still underway, but both parties are optimistic that a deal will be reached shortly, with Rice eager to relocate to north London.
Several players, notably Granit Xhaka, Pepe, and Cedric Soares, are slated to leave Emirates Stadium this summer.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s side has agreed to sign new contracts with William Saliba and Reiss Nelson.
In recent months, Saliba has drawn interest from a number of clubs, including Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain. However, the center defender made the decision to stay in London since he enjoys his time at Emirates Stadium and wanted to extend his contract in north London.
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This information follows the recent long-term contract signings by Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Arsenal‘s most important players are committed to the team for a number of years according to sporting director Edu Gaspar and head of football operations Richard Garlick.