ARSENAL face fierce competitors for summer season switch goal Declan Rice with their London rivals chasing the midfielder.
Chelsea are reportedly all in favour of signing the West Ham captain this summer season so as to add to their rising checklist of recent arrivals.
The Blues have had a longstanding admiration for Rice, however Sky Sports activities journalist Florian Plettenberg took to Twitter to seemingly verify their concrete curiosity.
He mentioned: “Chelsea is unquestionably within the race and extremely – confirmed! He’s one of many high candidates so as to strengthen the defensive midfield.”
Graham Potter’s facet already splashed out a whopping £107million on Enzo Fernandez in January to certain up their midfield.
Rice is anticipated to depart The Hammers in the summertime together with his present contract because of expire in 2024.
The 24-year-old has been ever-present in David Moyes’ Premier League facet this season managing two targets and two assists.
Arsenal have been closely linked with attracting the England star to the Emirates Stadium regardless of their public curiosity in Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
The league leaders need to enhance on their squad depth as they gear up for a probable return to the Champions League for the primary time in six years.
Mikel Arteta has already strengthened his midfield with the January addition of European Championship winner Jorginho.
Rice has lengthy been touted for a transfer to a ‘massive six’ membership, however shall be targeted on protecting West Ham within the league till the summer season.
The East London facet are in a relegation scrap and at present discover themselves in seventeenth place simply two factors off all-time low.
They face backside of the desk Southampton of their subsequent recreation on the London Stadium.