West Ham United have rejected a second bid from Arsenal for their captain Declan Rice.
It is understood the Gunners’ latest offer for the 24-year-old England midfielder could have been worth as much as £90m in total to the Hammers.
However, Arsenal were proposing the initial fee for Rice to be £75m, spread over four payments.
West Ham rejected Arsenal’s opening bid last week and want a larger fee and a shorter payment plan to the deal.
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Hammers chairman David Sullivan has said he is “99%” sure Rice, who led the Hammers to victory in the Europa Conference League earlier this month, will leave West Ham this summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante has agreed to sign for Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad.
The 32-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of June.
Kante has struggled with injuries and made nine appearances for Chelsea during the 2022-23 campaign.
He will join Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad after his fellow Frenchman left Real Madrid and agreed a three-year deal with them this month.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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