Arsenal boost in Declan Rice transfer hunt with West Ham star keen to work with Mikel Arteta despite Chelsea link | The Sun

ARSENAL'S chances of signing Declan Rice have been boosted as the player is reportedly keen on the switch.

The midfielder could leave West Ham in the summer in search of Champions League football.

There is no shortage of interest in Rice with Chelsea and Manchester United believed to be long-term suitors.

But Arsenal may be the frontrunner to land the England star as Rice is keen to work with Mikel Arteta, report The Guardian.

The Gunners boss has reportedly even started planning for where the West Ham captain would fit into his team.

West Ham could demand around £100million to let Rice leave.

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But Arsenal are said to be saving for the summer after missing out on Mykailo Mudryk and signing £27m Leandro Trossard instead.

Rice is Arsenal's top transfer target and the league leaders are prepared to spend £80m to lure him across London.

The 24-year-old is out of contract in 2024 and has rejected three offers of a new deal from the Hammers.

United were tempted to move for Rice last summer.

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However, they were put off the East London club’s £150m asking price and opted for Casemiro from Real Madrid.

But they could try to sign him again next summer amid interest from Chelsea.

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