Manchester City and Arsenal are currently vying for the signing of West Ham star Declan Rice. However, recent history suggests that City might face disappointment once again.
In this article, we delve into the details of the bids made by both clubs, potential bidding wars, and how Cristiano Ronaldo’s previous transfer decisions could impact City’s pursuit of Rice.
Arsenal’s Bids for Rice Rejected
Arsenal has made two bids for Declan Rice, but West Ham turned them down. The second offer was a significant £75 million, with an additional £15 million in add-ons. If accepted, it would have shattered Arsenal’s club-record transfer fee.
Manchester City recently joined the pursuit by proposing an initial fee of £80 million for Rice, along with £10 million in add-ons. Unfortunately, their bid was also rejected. To secure Rice’s signature, both clubs may need to increase their offers to at least £100 million.
A bidding war might ensue between Arsenal and Manchester City for the West Ham captain. Rice recently celebrated lifting the Europa Conference League trophy, making him an even more desirable target. Both clubs must be prepared to outbid each other to secure his services.
City’s Historical Withdrawals
Manchester City has a history of withdrawing from high-profile transfer battles. In 2021, they were in contention to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus but eventually lost out to Manchester United. Similarly, City showed interest in Leicester’s Harry Maguire but pulled out due to the exorbitant asking price.
City manager Pep Guardiola, while acknowledging the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League, expressed satisfaction with his current squad. Guardiola emphasized the importance of having the best players possible but indicated that the club’s resources are not unlimited.
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Lessons from Past Transfers
Manchester City’s decision to withdraw from negotiations for both Ronaldo and Maguire suggests that they may not be willing to meet West Ham’s demands for Rice. The club’s previous actions indicate that they are unwilling to pay exorbitant fees for their transfer targets.
Given City’s previous withdrawal from transfer negotiations, it remains to be seen if they will continue their pursuit of Declan Rice.
Arsenal’s hopes might be bolstered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s past transfer decisions, signalling that City may leave if the asking price becomes too high. With their first bid rejected, all eyes are on Manchester City to see if they will return with an improved proposal.