Musiala Praises Declan Rice After Bayern Munich Concede Transfer Battle to Arsenal

Musiala Praises Declan Rice After Bayern Munich Concede Transfer Battle to Arsenal

Elijah Odetokun
June 16, 2023 at 1:29 PM
  • Bayern Munich have conceded in the race to sign English midfielder, Declan Rice
  • Arsenal had a first offer of around £80m rejected and will return with an improved offer
  • Jamal Musiala has heaped praise on the 24-year-old, who he knows from his time in England

Bayern Munich have conceded defeat to Arsenal in the race to sign England midfielder, Declan Rice due to their inability to match West Ham United’s asking price of over £100m.

Hammers chairman, David Sullivan confirmed that Rice would leave the club after the UEFA Europa Conference League triumph, having rejected multiple contract offers.

Arsenal are leading the race for his signature and reportedly have the player’s green light. However, they saw an opening offer of a total package worth £80m rejected and termed ‘embarrassing’ by the East Londoners.

Declan Rice, West Ham, UEFA Europa Conference League, Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Fiorentina.
Declan Rice helped West Ham to UEFA Europa Conference League victory and will leave the club. Photo by James Gill.
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The move to the Emirates Stadium could get complicated as The Telegraph reports that treble winners Manchester City have actively entered the race.

Musiala heaps praise on Rice

Bayern Munich midfielder, Jamal Musiala has spoken about the club’s reported interest in Rice and lauded him as a great player he would love to play with.

“We would have been happy if he had come to us,” he said while on international duty with Germany, via Evening Standard.
“Declan is a great player. I’ve known him since he was very young before he went to West Ham. We played together in the park. I think I was 11 to 12 at the time. We grew up in the same area. He’s a great player.”

The pair were at Chelsea Academy together for three years, even though they played at different levels. Rice was released at the age of 14 and Musiala moved to the Bundesliga in 2020.

Bayern identify Rice’s alternative

Sports Brief reported that Bayern have identified a Premier League midfielder as an alternative after pulling out of the race to sign Declan Rice.

Tottenham Hotspur star, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been identified as a potential signing after the English midfielder was deemed too expensive.

The Danish midfielder spent four years with the Bavarians as a teenager and won two Bundesliga titles before moving to England with Southampton in 2016. It is believed that £25m will be enough to sign him.

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