Manchester City’s £90m offer has been turned down by West Ham; Premier League champions had offered £80m up front plus £10m in add-ons; Arsenal are still pushing to sign Rice – and West Ham are expecting them to come in with a third bid after having two offers rejected
the Premier League champions had offered £80m up front plus £10m in add-ons for the England midfielder but the bid is short of West Ham’s valuation.Arsenal are still pushing to sign Rice and the Hammers are expecting them to come in with a third bid after having two offers rejected.
Arsenal had a club-record £90m bid – comprising a £75m fee and £15m in add-ons – turned down by their London rivals earlier this month after their opening offer thought to be worth £80m plus add-ons was also rejected.
West Ham’s valuation of Rice remains £120m but it is understood the club would accept £100m plus a player.
Rice will leave West Ham in the close season after the midfielder captained the club to their first European trophy in 58 years
Hammers chairman David Sullivan said a gentleman’s agreement means Rice can leave despite a year remaining on his contract with the option to extend it by a further 12 months
Rice joined West Ham’s academy from Chelsea as a teenager and has been ever-present since his breakthrough season in 2017-18. He took over the captaincy after Mark Noble’s retirement last year.
The 24-year-old played 50 games in all competitions this season as West Ham finished 14th in the Premier League before clinching the Europa Conference League in Prague.
Rice has played more than 200 games for West Ham and also earned 41 caps for England since his international debut in 2019.