Declan Rice has apparently been ‘sounding out’ people closely connected to Arsenal about a potential move to the Emirates.
That’s according to journalist Adrian Clarke who told The Athletic’s Handbrake Off podcast that Rice has been asking people in the know at the Emirates, ‘what’s it really like to play for Arsenal?’.
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Arsenal have already received some good news with a recent report suggesting that Chelsea have cooled their interest in signing the West Ham star, having brought Enzo Fernandez to Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners are said to be optimistic about winning the race to sign Rice in the summer transfer window (The Guardian).
West Ham will obviously do everything he can to keep the 24-year-old at the London Stadium, but this upcoming summer window will represent our last chance to obtain a monster fee for him.
And it seems to be accepted now that that is in fact what will happen. But where will Dec end up?
Declan Rice to Arsenal verdict
It seems as though the 39-capped England international is a big fan of the Gunners. And he wants to know more about what it’s really like at the Emirates according to Adrian Clarke:
“I can’t reveal my source, but I do know that Declan Rice has been sounding out people connected with Arsenal in regards to, ‘What’s it like there? What’s it really like?’, so that sounds like a positive.”
Not for us it doesn’t!
If the truth be told, I have made peace with the fact that Declan Rice will be leaving now – whether that is to join Arsenal or another club is irrelevant really.
The thing that worries me is our ability as a club to bring in the correct replacement for the 24-year-old.
It could be agreed that we will actually have to sign two central midfielders to do the job that Rice does for us.
Hopefully David Moyes (or whoever is in charge at the London Stadium in the summer) is backed to the hilt. Losing Rice will be very hard to take, but it will be so much easier if we get a huge fee for him and bring in a proper replacement.
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