July 20, 2024

Rice Bows Out In Style As Arsenal Lead The Race

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The north London outfit are keen to avoid a bidding war and they’ve demonstrated in the past.

FILE PHOTO: Declan Rice in emotional West Ham goodbye as Arsenal lead transfer race. PICTURE: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

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PRAGUE: West Ham United captain Declan Rice appeared emotional as David Moyes’ side won the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The Hammers defeated Fiorentina 2-1 in Wednesday’s final thanks to goals from Said Benrahma and a last-gasp Jarrod Bowen winner. It is the first time that the east Londoners’ have lifted a trophy in over 40 years and it could very well be the final time Rice dons the claret and blue shirt, a fitting send-off if he is to leave this summer.

Writing on Twitter alongside a photo of Rice, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said: “Fantastic night for West Ham fans… and for Declan Rice who captains his team to European trophy.

As revealed back in January, Rice is Arsenal’s priority target for the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to upgrade his options in midfield. It is understood that the Gunners are confident they have a strong offer for Rice but feel that it will ultimately come down to the player to decide amid interest from a host of other elite European sides, including Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

The north London outfit are keen to avoid a bidding war and they’ve demonstrated in the past that they are willing to walk away from priority targets like Lisandro Martinez and Mykhailo Mudryk – who eventually joined United and Chelsea respectively.

Arsenal are preparing an official offer for Rice, deciding to wait until after this evening’s Conference League final as a mark of respect to West Ham. There is thought to be a distance in valuation between the Hammers and the north Londoners right now.

Rice is asked about his immediate future: “At the moment there’s a lot of speculation about my future. I’ve still got two years left at West Ham, there hasn’t been anything yet. I’m enjoying tonight, I am captain and I cannot speak highly enough of this club – let’s wait and see what happens.”

“You can see everyone, the lads have been so on it. I’m not just happy for us and the manager but also the staff behind us, the chefs, the player liaisons. I’m just as happy for them, they deserve it.

“When Bowen ran through I said to myself this is your time. When it hit the back of the net I was in shock, it’s incredible.

“We got in two hours before kick-off and it was full. This is what it means to us. They’ve made me one of their own, I can’t even describe it.”

Moyes has stated that it would take an English record transfer fee to secure Rice, while the Gunners are hopeful of securing him for less than that.

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