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Declan Rice is one of the hottest properties in football right now. The West Ham United captain led the side to their first European trophy since the 1960s and has played a key part in England’s last two major tournaments.
He will now move on this summer, something confirmed by Hammers owner David Sullivan who said “we offered him £200,000-a-week 18 months ago. He turned it down. We promised him he could go. He set his heart on going.”
Arsenal are firm market leaders to answer the question of where he ends up. We’ve taken a look at Declan Rice’s next club odds across the best bookmakers to bring you an in-depth look into the teams interested in securing the signature of an incredibly mature 24-year-old and one of the finest defensive midfielders on the planet.
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Rice to lead new Arsenal title challenge?
Arsenal are closing in on beating Manchester City to Rice’s signature with the champions not willing to match or compete with the Gunners’ third bid worth £105 million, as per Sky Sports. This development has seen the Gunners shorten significantly to a barely backable price of 1/9 in the Declan Rice next club odds.
Rice’s arrival would make a lot of sense for all parties. For starters, Rice is already London-based, making it ideal from a personal, non-footballing perspective. Secondly, Arsenal have one of the youngest squads in the division meaning Rice would walk into a squad full of players of a similar age growing together.
Perhaps most importantly, there are ongoing off-field issues with Thomas Partey that could lead to his exit. As their first choice holding midfielder, he needs replacing and there are few better around than Rice. He would step into the role he is already playing for both West Ham and England and would provide better protection for a defence that suffered towards the end of the campaign.
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Could Rice join Rodri in City’s all-conquering midfield?
Manchester City finished this season with an unprecedented treble but football never stops and there is also a need to freshen up a winning team in the pursuit of more trophies. They have lengthened to 9/2 in the market having seemingly made their final bid to land the engine roomer.
City are efficient in how they move within the transfer market, signing players often heading into their prime years or with room to grow and Declan Rice fits both criterion. A 24-year-old that has proven himself capable of performing on the European and international stage for West Ham United and England in a defensive but progressive midfield role, who leaves you wondering just how far he can push himself.
City have areas to address this summer. They are losing two experienced leaders in the shape of Ilkay Gundogan, who has officially signed for Barcelona following the end of his contract, and Kyle Walker, who is being linked with a move to Bayern Munich. Rice is a player that has already grown into a leader for club and country and he could do the same at City.
There is a question around where Rice fits into the XI but he is so versatile and intelligent that there are numerous options. He could step into midfield alongside Rodri with John Stones stepping back in at centre-back. He could play at centre-half himself. He could also play in a slightly more advanced midfield position given his ability to drive forward into space, and how clean he is technically.
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Could Tuchel force Bayern’s hand to finally manage Rice?
It has been reported by a few credible sources that Thomas Tuchel was desperate to bring Declan Rice to Chelsea and never got the backing to do so. Tuchel left Chelsea and the London outfit brought in Argentinian World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez.
Tuchel is now at Bayern Munich and will want to persuade those above him to shake things up following a difficult year under he and his predecessor Julian Nagelsmann. Availability was a problem for Bayern last season. Only one player managed 30+ starts and only one midfielder managed more than 2000 minutes in the league. That’s not a problem Declan Rice has faced, missing three league matches in two seasons and playing 50 games in all competitions, along with featuring in almost every England match in that time. Though Bayern are a longshot in the Declan Rice next club odds they are an appealing option with their pedigree in domestic and European competition.
Their title rivals Borussia Dortmund have proven over time that English players can have great success in Germany and with Rice already respected by Tuchel, he would be able to step into the Bavarians’ XI with relative comfort.