Arsenal will be fretting after what Declan Rice said as he walked out for West Ham training this morning following fresh transfer links.
But with Bayern Munich, Man United and Man City also heavily linked, it looks like Arsenal will not get a free run at the England star.
Last week a top journalist claimed West Ham could imminently accept a low-ball offer for Rice from the Gunners on one condition.
In an interview with Sky Sports transfer reporter Dharmesh Sheth yesterday, Mikel Arteta said Arsenal must ‘nail’ the summer transfer window.
Arsenal will be fretting after what Declan Rice said as he walked out for West Ham training this morning following fresh transfer links
Sheth then claimed Arsenal are going big in the market with moves for West Ham’s Rice, his best friend Mason Mount and the likes of Ilkay Gundogan.
It is also stated that Arsenal want to get business done for their prime targets as early as possible.
But overnight German giants Bayern were being heavily linked with a serious interest by the likes of Sky Sports.
The reports claim Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel wants Rice as his new number six.
So Arsenal will be fretting after what Rice said as he walked out for West Ham training this morning following fresh transfer links.
Rice choice of words will have Gunners sweating
The big transfer story last night across Sky Sports was the Bayern interest in Rice with reports claiming the club had been in contact with his dad Sean, who is also his agent.
So it is understandable that much is being read into Rice’s choice of words today.
As Rice walked past the West Ham media team cameras at Rush Green, the Arsenal target said “Good morning” and then said the same thing in German – “Guten Morgen” – twice with a wry smile on his face.
“Our skipper is pure vibes,” West Ham’s media team captioned the video. Rice is very aware of everything that is going on around him and has proved as much time and again. So he certainly knows exactly what he is doing and saying.
You just love to see it.
West Ham fans have long since accepted Rice is leaving. And it is being handled with class and love on all sides within the club.
The same cannot be said for Arsenal who continue to make their interest and pursuit very public via certain journalists despite West Ham gearing up for their biggest game in years.
For West Ham it would be a lot less painful if Rice did end up at Bayern.
Arsenal will be sweating, fretting and hoping his use of the German phrase was not a hint over his future.