Arsenal Football Club has reportedly submitted a record bid for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, as the Gunners look to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming season.

According to sources close to the club, Arsenal has offered £80 million for the England international, which would make him the most expensive British player of all time, surpassing the previous record set by Manchester United’s Harry Maguire.

Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.
Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.

Rice, who has been a key player for West Ham over the past few seasons, has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium for some time, with several top clubs across Europe reportedly interested in his services.

Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.
Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.

Arsenal, who finished eighth in the Premier League last season, are keen to improve their midfield options and see Rice as the perfect addition to their squad. The Gunners have already signed midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht this summer, but are still looking for a top-class midfielder to partner with Thomas Partey.

Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.
Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.

Rice, who has been capped 20 times by England, is known for his defensive prowess and ability to dictate the tempo of a game from midfield. He has been compared to former England captain and Manchester United legend Roy Keane, and is widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe.

Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.
Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.

West Ham are said to be reluctant to let Rice go, but the lure of playing for a top-six club and the opportunity to potentially win trophies could prove too tempting for the 22-year-old.

If the deal goes through, it would be a major coup for Arsenal and a statement of intent from the club’s owners, who have come under criticism from fans for their lack of spending in recent years.

Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.
Arsenal have made a record bid for Declan Rice as they near the signing of the English midfielder, with the transfer fee being the subject of discussion.

However, it remains to be seen whether West Ham will accept Arsenal’s offer, or if other clubs will enter the race for Rice’s signature. Either way, it promises to be an exciting few weeks for Arsenal fans as they wait to see if the club can secure one of the most highly-rated young players in world football.

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