Bayern Munich are ‘ready to pay £95m for West Ham’s Declan Rice in summer’ as they step up interest in the England star… as Arsenal and Chelsea are dealt huge blow in pursuit of highly-rated midfielder
- Bayern Munich are willing to meet West Ham’s asking price in summer window
- Rice has been linked with a move away from the club in the coming months
- Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will struggle to compete, financially, with Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich are willing to launch a lucrative bid for West Ham star Declan Rice, according to reports.
The England international has been linked with a move away from West Ham in summer and has recently emerged as a leading target for the German champions.
The Hammers captain has become one of the best midfielders in world football in recent times, and is destined to depart for what is judged to be a bigger club with more chance of winning major trophies.
Many fans would have presumed that he’d end up at either Arsenal or Chelsea, with both clubs having made their interest in Rice known for a matter of months.
However, both sides may lose out in the race to sign the England star, as the German champions prepare to launch a sensational summer move for Rice.
Declan Rice has emerged as a leading transfer candidate for Bayern Munich this summer
Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel has reportedly already made contact with the West Ham star
According to the Mirror, the Bavarian side are willing to submit a £95million bid for the West Ham star in the summer transfer window.
It’s reported that Bayern, who clinched the Bundesliga title in dramatic fashion, are hoping to beat transfer rivals to the punch by moving early for Rice.
The same outlet claim that Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel has already made contact with Rice, who has expressed interest in joining the German giants.
Rice has been strongly linked with a potential move to Arsenal in summer, but Bayern are hopeful their sizable offer will sway the bidding in their favour.
Chelsea, meanwhile, had also been candidates to sign Rice but – given their need to sell players and comply with FFP rules – it’ll be tough for them to match Bayern’s bid.
Mail Sport revealed in January that Mikel Arteta had made Rice his main transfer target and the Gunners remain interested with Granit Xhaka having left the club.
Rice has spoken openly about his ambition to play in the Champions League, which would boost the Gunners’ – and Bayern’s – prospects of landing the star, having qualified for next year’s competition.
The Gunners are, meanwhile, claimed to have concerns that interest from Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man United could allow West Ham to further increase their demands.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had been leading the race to sign Rice before Bayern registered interest