Arsenal’s midfield needs to be strengthened, especially when Granit Xhaka is likely to leave the Emirates in the summer of 2023. Accordingly, Declan Rice emerges as a top target for Mikel Arteta. The report reveals that the Gunners are willing to pay Rice a salary in excess of £300,000 per week and transfer fee about 90 million pounds to reach an agreement with West Ham.
However, it will not be easy for Arsenal in this race, when the 24-year-old is also sought after by Chelsea. Remember, Rice spent time at the Blues academy before moving to The Hammers’ youth team.
Chelsea spent a lot of money to get Enzo Fernandez from Benfica on the last day of the January transfer window, but it was not enough. They are going through a nightmare season and need a complete overhaul in the summer of 2023.
In the midfield of the Blues, Mateo Kovacic is likely to leave in the summer and is interested in both Manchester and Bayern Munich. Mason Mount’s future is not guaranteed, while N’Golo Kante’s contract with the club is about to expire. It will not be surprising if the Stamford Bridge team spends a lot to have Rice.
Minh Tuan | 09:05 17/05/2023