West Ham seems to have accepted Arsenal's offer of 105 million pounds for Declan Rice's card. Talks are still ongoing between the clubs to discuss the structure of the deal, but it is now clear that Rice will soon be an Arsenal player.
The latest development came after Manchester City pulled out of the race for Rice. "Citizens" made an official offer of 90 million pounds, which was rejected by West Ham. After that, Pep Guardiola's team gave up their pursuit of the player, thus paving the way for Arsenal.
We remember that Rice has been part of West Ham's academy since 2014. This season, the English midfielder helped his team lift the Europa Conference League trophy. It was West Ham's first major trophy in more than 43 years. Rice's contract with West Ham expires next year, and the club's leaders knew they had to act quickly so that the Englishman did not leave for nothing.
Meanwhile, despite the stratospheric figure Arsenal are expected to pay for Rice, the most expensive transfer in Premier League history remains that of Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea. The Blues of London paid a full 107 million pounds for his transfer from Benfica in the January market.
Arsenal, on the other hand, made official today and the approach of Kai Havertz from Chelsea. The player has signed a contract valid until 2028 with the club. Havertz played for 3 seasons at Stamford Bridge, managing to win the Champions League. However, his impact at Chelsea was not what was expected, as many fans of the club expected more from the player.
It remains to be seen if Mikel Arteta will know how to get the best out of Havertz on the pitch.