Arsenal are ready to begin new season after getting Declan Rice in a £105m bargain from West Ham
At last Arsenal finally announced the signing of West Ham favourite Declan Rice, more than a week after reports emerged that the deal for the England midfielder had been agreed.
Arsenal announces Declan Rice signing
Rice joins Arsenal on an extensive agreement subsequent to diverting down comes closer from Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
The England midfielder becomes Arsenal’s most expensive signing, joining from West Ham in a deal reported to be worth £100 million upfront plus £5 million in add-ons, eclipsing the £72 million that the Gunners paid to Nice for Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe.
Rice’s transfer becomes the second most expensive deal in English football history, narrowly missing out on the title to Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez transfer, which cost a total of £106.5 million.
Rice is set to join Arsenal squad in the USA
The previous West Ham midfielder also becomes the second-most costly English player in the world, ahead of Manchester City’s Jack Grealish, who joined the high pitch champs from Aston Manor in 2021, yet behind Jude Bellingham, who joined Genuine Madrid this mid year in a £115 million arrangement from Borussia Dortmund.
A new chapter begins. pic.twitter.com/ha5Btd8I2h
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 15, 2023
In spite of delays in finishing the transfer thanks final checks by Arsenal lawyers, Rice is expected to join the Gunners before they head out to the USA to continue their pre-season preparations with friendly matches lined up against Manchester United and Barcelona.
While waiting that the deal will get through, Rice has been pictured training alongside other international superstars, including Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao in a bid to stay fit.