TRANSFER: Declan Rice Completes Arsenal Move From West Ham United

Arsenal have completed the signing of England midfielder Declan Rice from West Ham for a club-record fee of £105m.

The £105m Rice deal is broken down into an initial payment of £100m, which will be paid over 24 months, with £5m in add-ons, which are £1m every time Arsenal qualify for the Champions League and Rice starts 60 per cent of games.

In a statement on the West Ham website, the Hammers state they “can confirm that agreement has been reached for Declan Rice to leave the Club for a British record transfer fee.”

The deal eclipses the £72m Arsenal paid for Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019, while it is also a record transfer fee between two British clubs.

Rice’s signing is just short of the British record transfer fee with Chelsea paying £106.8m for midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January.

The 24-year-old’s arrival at Arsenal takes their summer spending to £208m following the signings of Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £65m and Jurrien Timber from Ajax for £38m (Sky).

Overall, Rice made 245 appearances for West Ham, scoring 15 goals and making 13 assists.

In his final match for the club, he captained them to glory in the UEFA Conference League, sealing their first major trophy since 1980.

Declan will wear the number 41shirt

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