Declan Rice Sets 3 Daunting Conditions to Join Man City Ahead of Arsenal

Declan Rice Sets 3 Daunting Conditions to Join Man City Ahead of Arsenal

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 23, 2023 at 10:19 AM
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  • Manchester City have moved to hijack Arsenal’s move for West Ham's Declan Rice
  • The Emirates Stadium is reportedly the player’s preference as he wants to remain in London
  • He could consider moving to the treble winners if some three conditions are met

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has reportedly set three conditions for treble winners Manchester City if he were to join them ahead of Arsenal.

Rice is sure to leave East London after captaining the club to UEFA Europa Conference League triumph thanks to Jarrod Bowen’s late goal in the 119th minute.

Arsenal have had two bids in the region of £90m rejected for their prized midfielder by West Ham, who are insistent on their £110m asking price before sanctioning any move.

Declan Rice, England, North Macedonia, UEFA, Euro 2024 qualifier.
Declan Rice applauds the English fans after England's 7-0 win over North Macedonia. Photo by Nigel French.
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DiMarzio reports that the Citizens have moved ahead of the Gunners, whom they beat to the Premier League title, after lodging an official bid with a total package meeting the player’s valuation.

Rice’s conditions to join City

The player is believed to prefer Arsenal despite City’s offer to West Ham, as he prefers to remain in London because of his family.

Daily Star reports that he has laid down three conditions - which are tied to his role in the team, before agreeing to join the Premier League champions.

The 24-year-old sought assurances he has a long-term role at the club and that he will be an immediate starter and not be slowly integrated like his compatriot Jack Grealish, who joined for £100m from Aston Villa two years ago.

The last and possibly the most difficult request is seeking to know if Pep Guardiola will be at the club beyond the end of his current contract, which expires in 2025.

NBC Sports reported that the manager told the club insiders he would leave when his contract expires. The Spaniard could have been out of contract this summer but extended by two years during the 2022 FIFA World Cup break.

Musiala heaps praise on Rice

Sports Brief reported that German youngster Jamal Musiala heaped praise on Rice as a great player after Bayern Munich withdrew their interest due to the fee and the player’s preference to remain in England.

Musiala knew the England international from their days at Chelsea Academy in Cobham, even though they were in different age groups.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.