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"What I hear..." - Journalist claims Arsenal target is "excited" by Emirates move in blow for Man Utd

"What I hear..." - Journalist claims Arsenal target is "excited" by Emirates move in blow for Man Utd

The player is "excited" by a potential move to Arsenal.

Arsenal transfer target Declan Rice is allegedly 'excited' over a move to the Emirates this summer.

The Gunners are off the back of a monumental 3-2 comeback against Bournemouth which saw Reiss Nelson snatch all three points in the dying embers of stoppage time.

The victory leaves them five points clear at the top of the table, as they chase their first Premier League trophy since 2004.

However, Mikel Arteta is already planning for next season, having identified West Ham midfielder Rice as his 'top target' this summer, according to The Times.

The report states that the Gunners are confident of beating Manchester United and Chelsea to his signature, and hopeful of tempting him to north London for £80million.

It is also understood that the England international has been in direct contact with the Arsenal camp, as he looks to steal a move away from the Hammers.

With his contract set to run out in 2024, Rice could be at the centre of a bidding war with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all heavily linked in the midfielder.

However, West Ham could exercise an option to extend his deal by a further year.

Rice 'excited' by Arsenal move

Journalist Kaya Kaynak reports that the West Ham skipper has been left 'excited' by Arsenal's pursuit.

Kaynak told GIVEMESPORT: "From what I hear, he is quite happy with that interest. He's quite excited by the prospect of moving to Arsenal and the prospect of playing in the Champions League, which is something he's always said.

"He has been very flattered by the fact that Arsenal are making an effort to sign him and going in this way. I think it's looking positive for Arsenal."

Arteta is reportedly in the market for two extra midfielders in the transfer window to help cope with the pressures of the Champions League.

The Spaniard was recently dealt a blow after January transfer target Moises Caicedo penned a fresh deal keeping him at Brighton until 2027.

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Topics: Arsenal, Declan Rice, West Ham United, Manchester United, Transfers, Football, Premier League