Arsenal Informer understands there was an internal meeting on Thursday, where Arsenal’s board members contemplated an accelerated pursuit of West Ham’s captain, Declan Rice. The dialogue centered around Rice’s potential as the new face of Arsenal, with several board members envisioning him as a critical addition in the transfer window. Key figures including Tim Lewis, Edu Gasper and Vinai Venkatesham were present.
One of the key strategies discussed during the meeting was the payment structure of the £100 million fee demanded by West Ham for Rice. It was suggested that paying the substantial fee over a shorter time frame (In instalments over 3 years) could be an effective way to meet West Ham’s requirements, showing commitment and serious intent from Arsenal. The urgency to increase the bid for the 24-year-old has been heightened due to Manchester City’s interest in making a formal offer for Rice.
Despite this potential competition, Arsenal is confident that they’re at the forefront of the race to sign the player. Interestingly, Manchester City’s delay in placing a formal offer might indicate Rice’s refusal of the opportunity, leading to a cooling interest from the Premier League champions. Nonetheless, Arsenal is not deterred and views this as an opportunity to solidify their standing in the negotiation.
Arsenal’s previous offer of £90 million was turned down by West Ham, but now, the Gunners are preparing for a third bid significantly closer to West Ham’s demands. The potential acquisition of Rice is seen as a game-changing move that could significantly impact the composition of the team. The club’s focus on restructuring the squad includes considering other potential additions and departures. The future of several current players remains uncertain, but the primary focus is on the impending deal for Rice. His arrival could dramatically reshape Arsenal’s image and provide a new face for the team.