Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are not willing to meet West Ham United’s valuation for Declan Rice, a player Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United are also interested in.

The Times have reported that Arsenal and Newcastle United are interested in signing Declan Rice from Premier League rivals West Ham United in the summer transfer window.

The Hammers want £100 million plus add-ons for Rice, described as “a diamond and a fabulous player” by former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves on Premier League Productions (29/04/23 at 11:50 am).

The report has claimed that Arsenal have indicated that they are unwilling to pay that amount.

The Times have reported that Newcastle have shown interest in Rice as well, but the England international midfielder favours a move to Arsenal to a switch to the Magpies in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal over Newcastle United for West Ham United’s Declan Rice
In our view, Arsenal are likely to win the race for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice over Newcastle United.

Yes, Newcastle are a big club and will play in the UEFA Champions League next season, but Arsenal are bigger and are a global brand.

The Gunners will aim to win the Premier League in the coming years and are going places under manager Mikel Arteta.