West Ham United are not pleased with the lack of progress in negotiations and is said to most likely reject Arsenal’s second offer of £90 million for captain Declan Rice.
Following last week’s rejection of the Gunners’ initial £80 million proposal for Rice by West Ham, the club has now put in a second bid for £90 million. The bid, which reportedly includes a £75 million guarantee and an extra £ 15 million in add-ons, falls far short of the £100 million price tag West Ham has long put on the 24-year-old.
Arsenal are reluctant to give up yet tho, as a third proposal is already being formed to be put forward by Arsenal. West Ham is reportedly “furious” with the most recent offer made for Rice and has no intention of accepting.
Although Mikel Arteta’s team is still continuing to show interest in Kai Havertz of Chelsea and Jurrien Timber of Ajax, Rice has emerged as Arsenal’s top target throughout the summer window. As the club gets ready to approve Thomas Partey’s departure for Saudi Arabia, Southampton’s Romeo Lavia is another player the Gunners are considering.
Rice is expected to earn well over £200,000 per week, so negotiating personal terms shouldn’t be an issue. However, Arsenal must act fast to prevent Manchester City from trying to lure Rice up north to the Etihad Stadium.