West Ham is set to demand three players from Arsenal if the London club pursues the signing of Declan Rice this summer, according to a report from Football Transfers.
Arsenal is reportedly determined to secure the services of West Ham captain Declan Rice during the upcoming transfer window.
It is believed that Arsenal is leading the race to sign the 24-year-old midfielder, and Rice is said to be excited about the possibility of joining The Emirates.
While losing Rice would be a significant blow for West Ham, the potential departure in the summer is something that most people have come to terms with.
West Ham manager David Moyes is determined to obtain the best possible value for the highly-capped England international.
According to Football Transfers, negotiations have already begun between West Ham and Arsenal for Rice’s transfer.
Moyes is insisting that Folarin Balogun, Reiss Nelson, and Albert Sambi Lokonga be included in the deal.
Nelson, aged 23, will be available on a free transfer this summer, so West Ham is likely requesting that Arsenal refrain from offering him a new contract.
While I would be pleased with the acquisition of Nelson and Balogun, I must admit that including Lokonga in the deal for Rice would leave me unimpressed.
The 23-year-old Belgian midfielder has failed to make a notable impact at Arsenal and has struggled during his loan spell at Crystal Palace as well.
Personally, I believe a fair deal would involve a transfer fee of around £70 million in addition to Balogun and Nelson for Rice. This would allow Moyes to invest the entire sum in strengthening West Ham’s central midfield department at the London Stadium.
Arsenal appears to be in a favorable position to sign Declan Rice this summer. Hopefully, the owners of West Ham will negotiate the best possible deal for the club, regardless of where Rice ultimately ends up.