Arsenal ‘monitor three Declan Rice transfer alternatives’ as West Ham prepare to snub £90m offer for star


ARSENAL are reportedly monitoring three alternatives to West Ham captain Declan Rice.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the England international over the last few months.

GettyWest Ham are demanding a high fee for Arsenal target Declan Rice[/caption]

GettyArsenal are also monitoring Moises Caicedo[/caption]

GettyThe Gunners were interested in Martin Zubimendi in January[/caption]

However, West Ham are still keen to keep hold of their star player are demanding a fee of at least £120million.

The North London outfit are expected to only go as high as £90m for Rice.

The bid is thought to fall below what the Hammers want for Rice which has seen Arsenal draw up a list of three alternatives, according to the Daily Mail.

The report states that Brighton‘s Moises Caicedo, Wolves‘ captain Ruben Neves and Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi.

Zubimendi, 24, was a January target of the Gunners but he opted to stay at the LaLiga outfit, despite the club’s willingness to pay his release clause.

He has been tipped as one of the best midfielders in Spain, with Barcelona manager Xavi suggesting he is an “extraordinary pivot”.

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Arsenal also tried to sign Caicedo, 21, in the January window but saw a £70m bid rejected by Brighton, despite the midfielder handing in a transfer request.

The Ecuadorian did sign a new contract at the Amex Stadium and with the club guaranteed to be in Europe next season, he could be a tricky man to get away from the South Coast.


GettyRuben Neves is also a potential option for the club[/caption]

The last name, Neves, 26, has admitted that he wants to be playing Champions League football.

However, the report suggests that the Molineux outfit would prefer to sell him to a foreign club.

Wolves have set a price tag of £45m on the club captain, which would likely make him the most affordable option for the Gunners.

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Arsenal are also in the market for a more attacking midfielder to compete with Martin Odegaard.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Manchester City Ilkay Gundogan have been touted as potential options for the club.

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