Declan Rice’s asking price has “risen dramatically” as reported by Jacob Steinberg and Fabrizio Romano in The Guardian following West Ham’s triumph in the Europa Conference League.

Declan Rice price rises ‘dramatically’ as West Ham United reject Arsenal again.


Tuesday (20 June) saw Arsenal attempt a new club record bid for the 24-year-old player; their £90 million offer included £75 million up front and a further £15 million in bonuses.

Mikel Arteta‘s team has lost twice, and the Irons are apparently refusing to release their captain without receiving “at least” £100 million.

“However the price has risen dramatically since West Ham’s triumph in the Europa Conference League final and that has caused a delay.”

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After winning their first European trophy in decades and with a lot of money being spent around the transfer market for central midfielders, West Ham look to be convinced that they can hold out for a huge amount.

It’s difficult to know who has communicated what behind the scenes, and with a high-profile transfer like this one, there will be many people with a vested interest, so it may become a case of he-said, she-said.

It will be disappointing to get numerous offers below £100 million since West Ham’s position has always been that they will accept offers for more.

Similarly, if the door was open for a cheaper deal until a fortnight ago, Arsenal will be frustrated.

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But, because the trophy triumph changed the equation dramatically for David Moyes, it would presumably have an impact on transfer moves as well.

With Manchester City expected to make their own interest in Rice official with an offer this week, the price tag suddenly appears to match the public West Ham stance.

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If Arsenal believes they have been mislead, they may decide to walk away, but with the Irons captain largely seen as their top target, this would undoubtedly necessitate a big change of plans.