Arsenal ‘are ready to back Mikel Arteta by signing Declan Rice AND Moises Caicedo’ this summer with the Gunners ‘prepared to splurge more than £200m’ – as they look to build on their title challenge and strengthen for the Champions League
- Mail Sport revealed in January that Rice has been made Arsenal’s main target
- The Gunners saw a £70million bid rebutted by Brighton for Caicedo in January
- Arteta will now ‘break the North London club’s spending record this summer’
Arsenal are reportedly ready to back Mikel Arteta by signing Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo this summer with the Gunners prepared to splurge more than £200million.
With the title race against Manchester City all but dead and buried, Arteta will now turn his attention to strengthening his squad for next season and Champions League football for the first time since 2016-2017.
Mail Sport revealed in January that Rice has been made Arsenal’s main target with boss Arteta aiming to bolster the heart of their midfield.
The England midfielder’s contract expires in 2024 but West Ham can trigger a one-year extension.
Caicedo was the subject of intense speculation in January, with Brighton turning down multiple offers from Arsenal. Chelsea were also heavily linked.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to back Mikel Arteta by signing Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo
Arteta will now break the club’s spending record this summer, signing both Rice and Caicedo
The Times reported that Arteta will now break the North London club’s spending record this summer, signing both Rice and Caicedo for a combined cost of £170 million.
Mail Sport revealed West Ham are resigned to losing Rice this summer should they receive an acceptable offer, with the clause expected to strengthen their position in negotiations by saying his contract is valid until 2025.
Rice has spoken openly about his ambition to play in the Champions League, which would boost the Gunners’ prospects of landing the star having already qualified for next year’s competition.
Hammers boss David Moyes has been resolute that his captain will not be leaving the club for a cut-price fee despite his contract situation.
Moyes has previously stated that Rice will only depart the club if one of his suitors is willing to break the British record.
The record currently sits at the £106million fee Chelsea paid Benfica for Argentinian midfielder Enzo Fernandez in January.
West Ham are reportedly hopeful the demand for Rice could see the fee reach as high as an eye-watering £130million.
Caicedo admitted it was ‘tough’ seeing a January move to Arsenal not come to fruition after Brighton stood firm in the face of a series of offers.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea came in for the 21-year-old Ecuador international towards the end of the January window, with the Gunners seeing a bid worth as much as £70million rebutted by Brighton.
Caicedo at the time made public his desire to leave the club, though Tony Bloom, supported by Roberto De Zerbi’s gentle man management of the midfielder, managed to hold onto to the wantaway star. He signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2027.
Rice is Arsenal’s main target with boss Arteta aiming to bolster the heart of their midfield
In addition to Rice and Caicedo, Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi and Bayer Leverkusen attacker Moussa Diaby are among the players on the Gunners’ radar.
A planned sale of a number of fringe players, plus increased revenue from their qualification for the Champions League, will help aid their plans for a summer rebuild.
Bundesliga side Leverkusen’s interest in Xhaka could help facilitate a move for Diaby.
It is understood initial contact between both clubs for the Switzerland international, who has played a key role for Arsenal this season, has taken place but no final agreement is in place.
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