It’s a complicated situation. Declan Rice wants to join Arsenal. West Ham United want to replace Rice with Emile Smith Rowe, but Mikel Arteta is hesitant to sell him.
Arsenal’s 2022-23 season was a success. Originally targeting a top-four finish, the Gunners began the season on the upswing and had hopes of winning the title. Although they ended the season in second place, behind Manchester City at the end of the league, they showed great promise.
Of course, they weren’t 100% perfect. As the season progressed, there were areas where they needed to improve. The central midfield was one of them. Especially with Granit Xhaka, who has emerged as the team’s “ace in the hole,” leaving the team at the end of the season, the need for a replacement has been highlighted.
West Ham’s Rice is a prime candidate. He’s still young, but he’s already emerged as one of the best third midfielders in the English Premier League (EPL). After making his senior debut in the 2016-17 season, he quickly established himself. He currently captains West Ham and recently added a trophy to his resume by winning the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL). He’s also already earned a spot on the England national team.
Arsenal have been keen on Rice. “Arsenal are planning to pay £80 million to sign Rice,” according to English outlet Football Transfer.
Rice has also expressed interest in joining Arsenal. “According to sources, Arsenal is where Rice really wants to be. He does not want to go abroad at this stage of his career. He feels he is already playing in the best league in the world. There is no reason for him to leave.”
This was positive news for Arsenal. They weren’t the only ones who wanted Rice. German giants Bayern Munich recently joined the race. “The Bavarians have expressed interest in signing Rice,” according to German outlet Sky Sports. No specific amount was revealed, but they are expected to be prepared to offer a similar amount to Arsenal. However, with Rice not wanting to move abroad, the Gunners are in a stronger position.스포츠토토
Of course, West Ham are unlikely to let Rice go easily. They want to find a replacement for Rice straight away, and according to The Sun, they want Arsenal’s ‘No.10’ Smith Rowe included in the deal. “David Moyes is a big fan of Smith Rowe,” the publication said.
Arteta was baffled. He doesn’t want to sell Smith Rowe. Although he hasn’t been utilized as a first-team regular this season, he’s shown promise and is seen as part of Arsenal’s future. “For a long time, Smith Rowe was Arsenal’s best player, but his form has dropped off a bit,” said The Sun. He won’t be at his best next season either, but Arsenal don’t want to lose him.”