West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has already chosen Arsenal as his next destination, according to RAN.
The Gunners have earmarked the 24-year-old as their priority midfield target, and talks are currently underway with the Hammers to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Bayern Munich are also interested in the England international, but RAN claim that the German champions are too late in the pursuit with the player on course to join Arsenal.
According to RAN’s information, Rice has already informed West Ham owner David Sullivan that he would be ‘only going to Arsenal’.
An anonymous source around Sullivan’s close circle told them: “Declan Rice told David Sullivan some time ago that he was only going to Arsenal. This deal has actually been a done deal for some time.”
Meanwhile, the source added that the Gunners will have to pay €100 million to convince Sullivan to sell Rice.
Arsenal inching closer to Declan Rice deal
Rice has been a brilliant performer for the Hammers over the years. His strong distribution and ball control in the centre of the park has made him one of the most sought-after midfielders.
Arsenal are now in pole position to land his signature. The Gunners are back in the Champions League after a six-year gap and qualifying for the competition should boost their transfer plans.
Rice should provide an upgrade in Arsenal’s midfield next season, and reports claim that the Gunners are also looking into an ambitious approach for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo after the January snub.
The Seagulls were reluctant to lose Caicedo at any price last winter, but they have a gentleman’s agreement to sell the midfielder this summer if they receive a significant transfer offer for his services.
If Arsenal can land both Rice and Caicedo, it would be a huge statement. The duo could be the club’s long-term midfield pairing.