ARSENAL have reportedly received a huge transfer boost for Declan Rice.
The 24-year-old West Ham captain is expected to leave London’s stadium this summer.
The Hammers are demanding at least £100m for their academy graduate despite his current contract expiring in 2024.
And manager David Moyes recently admitted there was a good chance his influential captain could leave the club at the end of this season – with James Ward-Prowse a possible replacement.
Arsenal and Manchester United have long been admirers of Rice, with the Emirates side once favorites to land him on a record-breaking club move.
Bayern are also considering a move for the Hammers star and we covered last week how the newly crowned Bundesliga champions are preparing to step up their hunt for the England midfielder.
But then it turned out that Rice had turned down a move to Germany and now the athlete have claimed that Arsenal have the edge.
United have their long-term eyes on the midfielder and are still “keeping updated on Rice’s situation well into the summer”.
But they also claim that “the fee mentioned and manager Erik ten Hag’s priorities elsewhere mean a U-turn is needed for a formal rapprochement from Old Trafford” to West Ham.
Rice is currently gearing up for what is expected to be his last game for the Hammers, Wednesday’s Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina.
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Meanwhile, Ten Hag seems closer to signing Mason Mount to bolster their midfield.
The academy graduate is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after reportedly reaching a deal with Man United
The Red Devils will have to pay £70m plus surcharges if they want to sign Mount.
Chelsea are ready to let the England star expire the final year of his contract rather than sell him at a price below their current valuation.
There have been talks between the two clubs after United agreed personal terms with Mount.
But Chelsea are going along with interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and other clubs.