Arsenal have raised the stakes in the transfer battle with Manchester City for Declan Rice.
David Ornstein of the Athletic has reported that Arsenal have submitted an improved offer to West Ham for the England international.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have tonight submitted a massive offer to West Ham for England midfielder Declan Rice. Proposal is for £100m + £5m in add-ons – would be a record for a British player as #AFC try to agree deal with #WHUFC for top target @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/ZuFqkCbQcE
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 27, 2023
Ornstein also reports that Arsenal’s bid for Rice would be a record fee for a British player. That title is currently held by City’s own Jack Grealish when he was signed by City from Aston Villa for £100 million.
Fabrizio Romano also reported on Arsenal’s improved bid for the West Ham midfielder.
Arsenal have submitted new official bid for Declan Rice after West Ham choice to reject £80m plus £10m bid from Man City 🚨⚪️🔴 #AFC
Arsenal third bid is now on the table for £100m fixed fee plus £5m add-ons, as @David_Ornstein reported.
West Ham, waiting to hear from Man City. pic.twitter.com/upPvpEiln0
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 27, 2023
Manchester City’s opening bid for Declan Rice was rejected. West Ham reportedly want £100 million guaranteed for their captain.
It remains to be seen if Manchester City will match Arsenal’s improved bid for the midfielder.
Declan Rice is reportedly one of Manchester City’s three main targets this transfer window.
Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic were reported to be the other two.
Mateo Kovacic completed his move to Manchester City on Tuesday as City secured one of their targets.
Personal terms have been agreed with Gvardiol. Manchester City are currently in talks with RB Leipzig over a transfer fee for Gvardiol.
Arsenal have raised the stakes in the battle for Declan Rice. It remains to be seen if Manchester City will up their bid, or fold in the chase for one of their transfer targets.