According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal reached an agreement to recruit the most expensive rookie in the team’s history.
Declan Rice is the target of Arsenal and Man City. The Citizens made an initial offer of £90 million. However, West Ham immediately refused.
Very quickly, Arsenal sent a third offer of £105 million to West Ham. Accordingly, Arsenal played big when they accepted to spend £ 100 million with £ 5 million in extra fees.
However, before Arsenal’s move , Man City gave up. Specifically, two transfer experts, David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano, respectively, confirmed that Man City gave up pursuing Rice.
After Man City withdrew, Arsenal considered Rice’s signature. Specifically, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed: ” West Ham have just informed Arsenal that they accept a price of £ 100 million plus £ 5 million in add-ons for Rice.
The two clubs are still negotiating the deal structure and payment terms. The reason is that West Ham want to pay £100m over 18 months.
Final discussions are underway and then the transaction is closed.”
A series of reputable sources such as Guardian, Times or The Athletic also confirmed Arsenal reached an agreement to recruit Rice for £105 million. This is the most expensive signature in Arsenal history.
Rice will be Arsenal’s second signing this summer, after Kai Havertz for £65m.