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Arsenal handed Neymar transfer ultimatum as Edu has bid for dream Ben White backup rejected

Arsenal handed Neymar transfer ultimatum as Edu has bid for dream Ben White backup rejected

During the upcoming summer transfer window, Declan Rice, the midfielder for West Ham United, is expected to attract a lot of attention. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all been strongly connected with a potential transfer for the captain of West Ham.

 Rice’s current contract with the club will have only one year remaining once the current season concludes, although there is a possibility for West Ham to extend it for an additional year. However, Rice has openly expressed his aspiration to participate in the UEFA Champions League in the near future.

Given that Arsenal and very likely Manchester United will be participating in the top European competition in the next season, they may have an advantage over Chelsea in the pursuit of signing the English midfielder. However, the saga surrounding Declan Rice’s future is expected to have many unpredictable developments. To provide a comprehensive overview of the 24-year-old’s situation, football.london has summarized all the key details below.


According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United has officially entered the competition to secure the signing of Declan Rice, and this development has raised the possibility of a bidding war, which is something West Ham had hoped for.

 The report suggests that Arsenal, who have shown the most interest in the English midfielder, are likely to initiate negotiations with West Ham for a potential transfer worth £90 million. However, this offer is said to be more than £10 million below West Ham’s valuation of Rice.

West Ham asking price claim

According to transfer expert Ben Jacobs, it has been suggested that West Ham might have to accept a transfer fee lower than their initial asking price if they decide to sell Declan Rice, who is being targeted by Arsenal, during the upcoming summer transfer window.

“With Declan Rice, a lot of the prep is being done internally at Arsenal as they start to understand what they may need to get Rice and what is more gamesmanship on the West Ham side,” Jacobs told Give Me Sport.

“So, this British transfer record number and David Moyes has even said as large as £120m is, in my opinion, unrealistic from West Ham. Comparing Rice to Enzo Fernandez is not necessarily apt. Of course, if we’re comparing footballer to footballer, you can make a comparison. But the situation with Enzo was that he had a sky-high release clause, and Chelsea desperately wanted him. Whereas with Declan Rice, he’s got one year plus a one-year extension left on the contract.

“That affects the valuation, as does Declan Rice wanting to leave West Ham. After being extremely firm on keeping him last summer, there has always been an understanding that Rice could depart for the right opportunity, and West Ham have been resigned in many ways to losing Rice.”

Arsenal relationship

Transfer guru David Ornstein believes that Arsenal’s strong relationship with West Ham gives them an advantageous position in their pursuit of signing Declan Rice during the upcoming summer transfer window. This close rapport between the clubs could potentially benefit Arsenal in their efforts to secure the services of the midfielder.

Speaking to NBC Sports, Ornstein said: “Declan Rice is the apple of their eye. They went for him in the January window, but they shifted to Moises Caicedo.

“It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come back for Rice and he’s the focus of their attention now. I think West Ham would trade if the price was right, but that’s a big if.

“Arsenal look to be in a strong position, as far as I know they have good relations with West Ham, but the numbers will be high club-to-club and with the player as well.”

Bayern enter race

German transfer expert Florian Plettenberg has stated that Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is highly interested in acquiring Rice from the London Stadium during the upcoming summer transfer window. Plettenberg shared this information on Twitter.

 “News #Rice: He‘s one of the desired players of #Tuchel confirmed. Bayern bosses are also convinced that he’s the perfect defensive midfielder for Bayern.

“(Arrow emoji) There were talks with the players management (Arrow emoji) Tuchel is 100 % involved. But: Bayern is aware of the fact that @Arsenal is pushing for him. His price: Around £70m. Very difficult transfer target. @SkySportDE.”

United battle

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal is anticipated to submit a structured £90m bid for Rice. However, West Ham is reportedly seeking a significantly higher sum for their captain. 

The report suggests that the Hammers believe Manchester United is more inclined to meet their asking price for the 24-year-old midfielder. In the event that Arsenal fails to secure a deal for Rice, they are said to be considering alternatives such as Ruben Neves, Martin Zubimendi, or Moises Caicedo.

West Ham make triple Arsenal request

As per FootballTransfers, senior officials at West Ham are seeking an upfront payment in the range of £85 million to £95 million for Rice. However, the report indicates that the West Ham manager is interested in a part-exchange deal to bolster his team immediately.

FootballTransfers suggests that David Moyes, the West Ham boss, has his sights set on certain Arsenal players, namely Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun, and Albert Sambi-Lokonga. It is worth noting that Nelson’s contract with Arsenal is set to expire at the end of the following month, making him soon available on a free transfer.

Mount or Neymar?

Darren Bent has suggested that Arsenal should consider signing Mason Mount instead of Neymar as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen their attacking options. Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain is uncertain, and top clubs across Europe are anticipated to compete for his transfer this summer.

Reports indicate that PSG is interested in selling Neymar to alleviate their wage bill. In fact, they are reportedly willing to accept a considerably lower offer for his services, as stated by Brazilian outlet UOL.

Regarding Mason Mount, ArsenlBrief has gathered information that the negotiations have become intricate due to challenges surrounding the duration of the contract and the salary package. The 24-year-old midfielder might be obtainable at a reduced price during the summer transfer window, considering that he has entered the last year of his current contract.

Darren Bent strongly believes that, as Mikel Arteta seeks to acquire a new midfielder, Arsenal would be better off signing Mason Mount instead of Neymar.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa striker said: “I think [Mount] gets into any top team squad.

“I’m not saying he’s going to start, I don’t think he does. But at a better price – I’m not paying £80million for no player with one year left on their contract, especially when this season they’ve got three goals and two assists.”

Andy Goldstein, Bent’s co-host, then posed a question. He said: “For argument’s sake, I know they’re different players, I get that, but from a superstar perspective and players that could come in and ruin the great camaraderie you’ve got in the dressing room, I’d rather have Mason Mount coming into my dressing room. than Neymar.”

To which Bent replied: “I 100% totally agree with that. Even though Neymar is the better player, Mason Mount would be the better fit in and around the dressing room. He never gives you any problems, you know exactly what you’re getting.”

In an interview with Genting Casino, Emmanuel Petit admitted that he would love to see Neymar in the English top-flight. The Frenchman said: “I would love to see Neymar in the Premier League.

“Both he and Messi are under so much criticism at PSG and they both are getting frustrated at what people are saying in the media. They are both artists. Neymar has been below expectations in his fifth season and he has been injured for half the season.

“I have always been a fan of Neymar. I love the way he plays football but he needs teammates who understand his artistry. You can’t ask him to play the ball back or make continuous runs.

“You just need to give him a chance with the ball – just like Messi with Argentina at the World Cup. I have always thought Neymar should stay at PSG, but in the last couple of weeks I have changed my mind.”

Arsenal have bid for perfect Ben White backup rejected 

Despite Ben White’s impressive performances, Mikel Arteta is determined to strengthen the right-back position in Arsenal’s squad this summer. Although the 25-year-old defender faced criticism in his first season with the club, he has since become an integral part of the team’s defense.

White, whose contract with Arsenal runs until 2026, has played in every Premier League match this season and has contributed to 13 clean sheets. While his role may not be the most glamorous in the starting lineup, it has allowed Bukayo Saka to lead the team’s pursuit of a title.

Arteta is keen to capitalize on the significant strides made at London Colney and is reportedly seeking a new right-back to provide competition for White. Additionally, the Arsenal manager is preparing for the team’s return to the Champions League, which they haven’t participated in since the 2016/17 season. As a result, the club will require additional depth and options in their squad for the upcoming season.

According to Nevzat Dindar, Arsenal has made a bid of €17 million (£14.7 million) to Galatasaray for Sacha Boey. The 22-year-old defender has expressed his desire to leave the Turkish club, and his future there is becoming increasingly uncertain.

The report suggests that Galatasaray is holding out for €25 million (£21.7 million) and is not willing to let Boey go for a lower price. It is mentioned that the vice-president of Galatasaray, Erden Timur, traveled to London earlier this week to discuss a potential deal for the French player.

Boey, who still has two years remaining on his contract with Galatasaray, believes that the time has come for him to take the next step in his career.

Speaking to L’Equipe, he said: “I’ve experienced the lows and the highs [with Galatasaray]. My performance is consistent now. I think it’s time to turn a corner but we’ll see at the end of the season depending on what happens.”

Despite the potential arrival of Sacha Boey, it has been reported by football.london that Cedric Soares, the current right-back at Arsenal, intends to remain at the club and compete for his place in the team next season. Soares has received positive feedback from the club recently, which has influenced his decision to stay.

Soares, at 31 years old, would bring valuable experience to Arsenal’s Champions League campaign. However, his intention to stay poses a challenge for Arteta’s rebuilding plans, as it adds complexity to the right-back position and potentially affects the pursuit of new signings in that area.

Arsenal handed Neymar transfer ultimatum as Edu has bid for dream Ben White backup rejected

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