Transfer Talk: Arsenal gain advantage as race for Rice intensifies
Declan Rice is leaning towards joining Arsenal this summer as the West Ham midfielder considers his options.
Rice, 24, is likely to leave the Hammers at the end of the current campaign due to his desire to play Champions League football.
The Guardian report that there is set to be a bidding war for the England anchor with Chelsea and Manchester United keen on signing the 39-cap international.
Mikel Arteta's project in North London would be something that appeals to Rice, especially if the Gunners were to go on and win the league this season.
Chelsea have endured recent struggles as Graham Potter seeks to restructure his squad, but Rice is a product of the Blues' youth academy and could be persuaded to rejoin the West Londoners.
Manchester United have an equally good chance of securing the services of the West Ham captain.
Erik ten Hag's midfield is in need of reinforcements with Scott McTominay and Fred unlikely to make the cut in 2023-24.
Having impressed for the Hammers over many years, Rice is sure to have his pick when it comes to deciding his next club, but Champions League qualification may be a huge factor in his decision-making.
In other news
Everton are keen on bringing Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech to Goodison Park, report the Daily Mail, with a potential loan move being proposed.
Football Insider report that Bryan Gil has been offered up as part of a deal to bring Roma ace Nicolo Zaniolo to Tottenham this month.