Declan Rice is set to become the most expensive British transfer ever as Arsenal makes their third bid of £105m. This comes after Manchester City’s interest in Rice was halted when their £90m offer was turned down by West Ham. Rice played a crucial role in leading West Ham to victory in the Europa Conference League last season.
Earlier this month, Jude Bellingham secured a historic transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid for a staggering £115m, making him the most expensive English player of all time. If Declan Rice’s move to Arsenal comes to fruition, he will follow closely behind as the second most expensive English player, surpassing Jack Grealish’s £100m transfer to Manchester City in August 2021 by an additional £5m.
If the £105m bid for Declan Rice goes through, it would mark the second-largest expenditure by an English club for a player, trailing only Enzo Fernandez’s £106.8m transfer from Benfica to Chelsea in January. Additionally, this significant sum would make it just the third instance of an English club shelling out over £100m for a player.
The potential acquisition of Declan Rice holds great significance for Arsenal fans, as it signifies a strong intent from the club. The bid for Rice surpasses Arsenal’s previous transfer record, which stood at £72m paid to Lille for Nicolas Pepe in 2019, by a substantial margin of £33m. Prior to Pepe, the club’s most expensive signing was Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, who was acquired for £52.7m. The increased offer for Rice reflects Arsenal’s ambition to make a statement in the transfer market and strengthen their squad.
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