Declan Rice makes Arsenal decision as West Ham hold firm on £100m demands

West Ham United skipper Declan Rice reportedly has his heart set on a move to Arsenal this summer.

With the Hammers now resigned to losing Rice, a number of Premier League clubs look set to pursue the England international when the transfer window opens.

The 24-year-old, who has a chance to lift a trophy with West Ham in what could possibly be his final game for the club in the Europa Conference League final, will be allowed to leave should a Champions League suitor match the Hammers £100million plus price tag.

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And according to the Mirror, Rice has chosen Arsenal to be the club he wants to join this summer. The Gunners have made Rice their number one target as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta looks to revamp his midfield.

Granit Xhaka looks set to exit the Emirates this summer with a move to Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen mooted, while Thomas Partey has also been linked with a move to Italy.

While Rice is now currently focussed upon helping West Ham win the Europa Conference League, his preference is reportedly now to join Arsenal ahead of next season.

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The midfielder is keen to test himself at the next level, with Arsenal having qualified for Champions League football this term for the first time since 2016.

Earlier this month, West Ham boss David Moyes admitted that while he would love Rice to stay, the Hammers know they will probably have to end up selling their star man this summer.

Moyes said: "We honestly hope he stays. We'd love for him to be a West Ham player but we are aware that might not be the case at the end of the season.

"There are plans that we have Dec here but we're also fully aware there is a good chance we won't have him."

Additionally, Arsenal are also reportedly keen on landing Brighton & Hove Albion star Moises Caicedo, who they tried to sign in January for £70m.

While Rice is the Gunners' priority, securing the signatures of both midfielders would represent a tremendous outlay, meaning there could be a few unexpected exits at the Emirates this summer to allow Arsenal to operate smoothly in the transfer market.


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