Arsenal receive boost in pursuit of key summer target Declan Rice

The 24-year-old England star is the subject of serious interest after becoming one of the top holding midfielders in Europe across the last 12 months, with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners confirmed to be leading the race for his signature despite interest from global giant pair

The summer pursuit of West Ham United star and key England midfielder Declan Rice looks to be narrowing down to a one-club operation after reports suggest that the Hammers captain has his sights set on Premier League runner-up Arsenal.

Club boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar continue to view the 24-year-old London native as the prime transfer target for the Gunners this summer, with reports earlier today detailing an impending first offer from Arsenal as soon as West Ham’s European campaign comes to a conclusion.

Despite the well-known interest from Arsenal, the club was thought to face stiff competition from not only bitter Premier League rivals Manchester United, but also German juggernaut Bayern Munich, with Thomas Tuchel adamant that he wants to add the midfielder into the senior setup in Bavaria surrounding uncertainty of the futures of both Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.

Regardless of the possible allure that Bayern can bring to the table Mail Sports’ Sami Mokbel reports that Rice will prioritize a move in the Premier League, ruling Bayern out of the equation for good.

However, this does not mean that the Red Devils are out of the running, with United themselves desperate for quality reinforcements in the summer, especially in midfield after the club decided to not make the loan move of Marcel Sabitzer permanent.

Still, with the Hammers due to face off against Serie A side Fiorentina in five days’ time in the final of the Europa Conference League, Arsenal can expect to make their play for the England international in the immediate aftermath of the result in order to set forth their transfer plans at the earliest possible convenience.

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Andrew Thompson

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