DECLAN RICE has completed his £105m move to Arsenal.
The England star is leaving West Ham after six years at the club and having captained them to the Europa Conference League trophy.
West Ham confirmed their exit in a tweet, saying: “We can confirm that Declan Rice has left the club.”
The club then shared a message that read, “Thanks for the memories Dec.”
Rice, 24, has finally signed after the two London sides agreed on a payment structure that would see Arsenal pay £100m and a further £5m in bonuses until 2025.
His £105million move from east to north London makes him the Premier League transfer record for a British player – and the second all-time British transfer after Jude Bellingham.
Rice recently shared pictures of himself training at the campus in Algarve, Portugal.
The snaps, which showed Rice hitting the gym and jogging, also showed him in an Adidas training jersey.
He will now join the Arsenal squad for their flights to the pre-season tour of America on Sunday.
It ends a long-running transfer saga that has angered West Ham over the delay as Arsenal’s lawyers spent almost two weeks signing Rice’s new deal, believed to be worth £20,000 a week.
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Earlier in the summer, champions Man City made a £90m bid but dropped out of the race.
This gave the Gunners a clear path to signing Rice, having already agreed on the personal terms of the club’s record deal.
The move tops the previous £72million transfer fee Arsenal paid to Lille for Nicolas Pepe in 2019.
Mikel Arteta has already signed Kai Havertz from Chelsea and Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.
Rice could take Granit Xhaka’s place in the squad as the Swiss star is close to a move to Bayer Leverkusen.
The Gunners are also ready to hear offers for Thomas Partey following Rice’s arrival.
Rice joined Chelsea’s academy in 2006 aged six and stayed until his sacking eight years later when he joined West Ham’s academy.
He made the first team at 17 and was twice voted the club’s player of the year.
He has made 204 Premier League appearances for the club and has scored ten goals.
Rice has also won 43 caps for England and helped the Three Lions reach the final of Euro 2020 and the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup.
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