Declan Rice of England is a midfielder, and West Ham has rejected Arsenal’s initial offer for him.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has made Rice a top priority in his summer transfer negotiations and is eager to get him to the Emirates.
However, the club would need to increase their offer for the 24-year-old after the Hammers weren’t happy with their initial offer.
The BBC reports that although West Ham insiders are also expecting an offer from Manchester City, they anticipate additional communication from Arsenal.
Manchester City, for their part, has not said whether or not they would pursue Rice.
This is happening as ambiguity regarding the futures of captain Ilkay Gundogan and teammate Bernardo Silva continues to grow.
Rice, who led West Ham to victory in the Europa League earlier this month, is “99%” certain to leave the club this summer, according to club chairman David Sullivan.
After rising through the West Ham academy, Rice made his debut in the 2016–17 season and has since made 245 appearances and scored 15 goals for the club.
He has played in all five of England’s games at the World Cup, earning 41 caps for his country.
Rice’s contract has one year left, but the Hammers have the option of extending it until the summer of 2025, putting them in a good position to renegotiate a sizeable transfer price.