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Arsenal agree £105m deal to sign Declan Rice from West Ham

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Arsenal have reportedly agreed to sign West Ham’s midfielder Declan Rice for a whopping £105m.

Although the deal has yet to be finalized as talks continue between the two clubs on how it will be structured, this marks Arsenal’s third bid for Rice.

The Gunners had previously made two offers which were rejected by West Ham for being below the £100m they wanted for their star midfielder.

Manchester City had also made an offer for Rice, but they withdrew from the running after their £90m bid was rejected on Tuesday.

The deal with Arsenal would make Rice the most expensive British footballer ever, eclipsing the previous record set by Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.

Rice has been with West Ham since joining their academy from Chelsea in 2014.

He led them to victory in the Europa Conference League earlier this month, which was their first major trophy in 43 years.

The 24-year-old midfielder has scored 15 goals in 245 games for West Ham and has been capped 43 times by England, playing in all five of their matches at the 2018 World Cup.

Arsenal’s bid for Rice is said to be comprised of an initial payment of £100m plus £5m in add-ons.

This hefty price tag follows similar high-profile transfers made this summer, such as England midfielder Jude Bellingham’s transfer to Real Madrid for an initial fee of £88.5m, which could potentially reach £115m if add-ons are activated.

Although the deal is yet to be completed, West Ham’s chairman David Sullivan had previously stated that he was “99%” sure that Rice would leave the club this summer.

If the deal does go through, it would be a massive coup for Arsenal, who finished second in the Premier League last season and signed midfielder Kai Havertz from Chelsea in a £65m deal just a day before.

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