Arsenal target Declan Rice has agreed to join Gunners: report

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (R) congratulates West Ham United's English midfielder Declan Rice (L) at the end of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London Stadium, in London on May 1, 2022.
(Image credit: Ben Stansall / AFP)

Arsenal target and West Ham United captain Declan Rice has given his word to the Gunners that he'll be moving from east London to north this summer.

That's according to reports that say that the skipper of the struggling Irons is set to leave the club that he's come through the ranks at in order to make a huge transfer across the capital. The Gunners are top of the league and many people's favourites for the Premier League title.

What's more, Rice has turned down three contracts put on the table to him by his employers at the London Stadium, according to the Guardian (opens in new tab). Sky Sports (opens in new tab), meanwhile, say that one of them was an eight-year deal. 

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Bukayo Saka after scoring their team's third, winning goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United on 22 January, 2023 at the Emirates Stadium in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal are tipped to win the title by some – and are looking to strengthen further (Image credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, Spanish outlet Nacional, via Football365 (opens in new tab) have reported that Rice has told European champions Real Madrid that he isn't interested in a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu to become the long-term replacement for Casemiro – who joined Manchester United in the summer. 

Rice could have formed a ferocious midfield for the next decade with Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in the Spanish capital – all three are under 24 years old – yet he has apparently "given his word" to Arsenal.

Last April, David Moyes said that his star was not for sale under circumstances and put a big price tag on his head to ward off suitors

“£150 million just now would be the minimum, but he is not for sale,” the Hammers boss said. “What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that could even consider it.”

Declan Rice of West Ham United, pictured in October 2022

Declan Rice is wanted by the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United according to reports – but is willing to snub them all for the Gunners (Image credit: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

With the England international approaching the last year of his contract, however, West Ham face a choice of letting him leave for free at its expiry or cashing in on the talent. 

Rice is valued at €80m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo was an option, too – Joao Felix emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium, too.

Mikel Arteta has admitted the Gunners are looking for new signings, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic having been linked

Gabriel Martinelli's contract situation is being watched by Barcelona, meanwhile.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.