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Man City To Rival Arsenal With A Late Bid For Rice

Manchester City are expected to submit an offer for West Ham United midfielder and Arsenal target Declan Rice today.

The Premier League champions have serious interest in signing the 24-year-old, and it is anticipated a formal bid will be lodged soon to rival Arsenal for his services.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also weighed in on the report, claiming Man City will only bid if Rice agrees to the move.

Arsenal remains confident of snapping up the England international and are prepared to bid again for him.

Manchester United are also keen on Rice and are proposing a player-plus-cash deal.

The Red Devils are ready to offer Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay in exchange for the Hammers star, and Arsenal need to act quickly to land their man.

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The Gunners saw their first bid of up to £90 million rejected and have verbally indicated their intention to make a second bid.

It could be worth over £100 million, but Man City could be willing to offer more to West Ham and also better the personal terms Arsenal are offering Rice.

While the Hammers captain is interested in joining the Gunners and keen on working with manager Mikel Arteta, turning down the Premier League champions could be difficult for him.

Most players dream of being under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, and Man City will offer Rice a starting berth with Ilkay Gundogan set to leave.

Arsenal will not give up, but being joined by the Champions League champions is bad news for them, and it will be interesting to see who wins the race for the Englishman.

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