Arsenal have tabled a huge £105million offer for West Ham captain Declan Rice.
Mail Sport revealed on Tuesday that the Gunners’ third offer would arrive within 48 hours and Arsenal’s improved bid for the Hammers captain comprises of £100million guaranteed cash plus a further £5m in add-ons.
The offer exceeds West Ham’s £100m valuation for the England star.
News of Arsenal’s mega bid comes after Manchester City’s first offer for the Hammers captain, which comprised of £80million in guaranteed cash and a further £10million in add-ons, was formally turned down by the Hammers on Tuesday.
With the West Ham’s valuation now met by Arsenal, the structure of the deal will become a key factor with regards to whether the offer is accepted.
West Ham prefer the guaranteed part of the fee to be paid by the start of 2025. Arsenal have been key to pay the fee over the course of five years.0
Having seen two bids rejected, Arsenal’s most recent an offer of a certain £75m plus a further £15m in bonuses, the Gunners are understood to have informed the Hammers hierarchy they would be returning with an improved formal bid – in what is effectively viewed as a verbal offer.
The structure of the deal will also be a key factor, with West Ham preferring the guaranteed part of the fee be paid by the start of 2025. Arsenal have so far offered to pay the fee over the course of five years.
Manchester United are also interested in Rice, but are viewed as outsiders in the race.United would prefer to use fringe players as makeweights in the deal; with Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay of interest to Hammers head coach David Moyes.
Since making his debut at the age of 18 in 2017, 24-year-old Rice has developed into a homegrown hero for the east London club.
In total, he has racked up 245 appearances, scoring 15 goals.