Declan Rice has been linked with a summer move away from West Ham United, with Arsenal and Chelsea interested.

Declan Rice has been a quality performer in the Premier League this season. And top clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on securing his services. There have been rumours that his suitors could look to execute a player-plus-cash move for him this summer. But Football Insider claims that West Ham United are not interested in such a deal.

The Hammers will demand their £100 million valuation to be met for the England international. Rice is one of the best midfielders in the league right now, and he could prove to be a quality long-term acquisition for both Arsenal and Chelsea. The Gunners need to add more depth and quality to the side, especially now that they have qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal must look to bring in a reliable partner for Thomas Partey, and Declan Rice certainly seems like the ideal option. The 24-year-old will add drive, work ethic and defensive cover to the Arsenal midfield.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are keen on bringing him back to the club as well. The former Chelsea academy ace was released by the club during his teenage years, and he might feel that he has unfinished business at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United and Chelsea will need to fork out a king's ransom of £100million for West Ham United star Declan Rice
Arsenal or Chelsea bound? (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

However, Chelsea have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, which is likely to give Arsenal an edge in the transfer race. The 24-year-old midfielder wants to join the club in the Champions League next season.

The opportunity to play for a club like Arsenal will be an attractive option for him. It would be a major step up in his career and he would get to showcase his qualities in the Champions League.

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The Gunners are currently fighting it out with Manchester City in the title race, and they are likely to be an attractive destination for players during the summer transfer window. It will be interesting to see if they are willing to shatter their club transfer record and pay £100 million in order to sign by England defensive midfielder at the end of the season.

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