Declan Rice won’t be playing for West Ham United in the upcoming campaign, but it’s unclear where he’ll end up
Before the Hammers’ sky-high demands blew the Germans out of the water, it appeared that he may leave the Premier League and join Bayern Munich.
Rice, who has been frequently linked to Manchester City and Manchester United in recent years, has lately resurfaced as one of Mikel Arteta’s top transfer targets for Arsenal.
After persuading the player that moving to the Emirates Stadium would be in his best interest, the Gunners immediately surged to the front of the queue. However, Rice’s thirst was not sated by Arsenal’s enormous £80 million offer, which allowed other bidders to pounce and take Rice away. His previous team Chelsea, who released the highly regarded midfielder when he was a teenager, is one of the likely favourites to sign the Europa Conference League champion.
West Ham prefers Stamford Bridge, though it’s unclear how the 24-year-old feels about going there after being labelled “untalented” by the Blues youth coaches. The Sun claims that David Moyes would prefer to send his captain to Chelsea in a player-plus-cash exchange rather to lose money on a prospective transfer to Arsenal. Even though it would be advantageous for his current club, the England international has his heart set on joining the Gunners, so convincing him to make peace with Chelsea could be difficult.
Despite leading the team to continental success last season, Moyes is aware that replacing a player of Rice’s calibre and size might be nearly difficult, which is why he is interested in a part-exchange deal with the Pensioners. Gallagher may have had a lacklustre season at the Bridge after an impressive loan stint at Crystal Palace in 2021–2022, but he is still a sought-after talent. Newcastle United has been closely monitoring his status in London for months, and Tottenham Hotspur has just lately entered the battle to sign him.
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