By Pranav Shahaney

1st Jun, 2023 | 6:10pm

West Ham United board not happy at Arsenal stance on Declan Rice with Manchester United and Chelsea in race

Arsenal’s transfer stance on Declan Rice has reportedly not sat well with the West Ham board as they’re not able to match their valuation.

According to Claret and Hugh [31 May], they’re only willing to shell out £85million and that’s led to the board being unhappy.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are still in the race for him with Sean Rice serving as the agent for the 24-year-old.

The report reads, “Claret and Hugh was told this morning by club and agent sources that he [Rice’s agent and father] has been extremely busy since and that Arsenal are certainly the best placed. However, word that they are ready to pay £85million certainly won’t be enough and hasn’t gone down well with the irons board.”

Playing hard ball

West Ham know a minimum price they can begin negotiating with and can push as far as possible to get the best deal.

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Rice does appear to prefer Arsenal but if the Hammers get a better bid from Bayern or Chelsea, he’s probably going to say yes to that as well.

Right now, it’s the Gunners who hold the most legitimate interest in him, but these things can change at any time.

Other sides appear to pushing ahead with different midfield targets and spending big money on two midfielders in one window is perhaps too much to ask for.

Rice appears to have played his final Premier League game for the club and unless something dramatic happens, should leave before the new season begins.

He has been nothing but professional throughout all this season and the fans undoubtedly are going to respect him throughout his career.