Chelsea could soon pull off another Mykhailo Mudryk style hijack on Arsenal as a rumour emerges about Declan Rice.
The Blues famously beat Arsenal to the Ukraine international by offering Shakhtar Donetsk a better financial package than the Gunners were putting on the table.
That was according to The Athletic, who revealed that Chelsea included add-ons which had a more realistic chance to taking the fee up to the £88.7m Shakhtar Donetsk wanted, whereas Arsenal’s add-ons for Mykhailo Mudryk were more farfetched.
Now, history could be about to repeat itself with Declan Rice.
What’s the story?
Well – according to 90min – Arsenal are once again pondering over an asking price, with West Ham demanding £100m for Rice this summer.
It is said to be unclear whether the Gunners will go that high, with 90min claiming that their indecisiveness could now open the door for Chelsea to swoop in and pay the £100m fee.
Much like the Mudryk saga in January, much of the noise surrounding Rice has been about Arsenal.
A story from The Times claimed that the England international is Mikel Arteta’s No.1 target this summer, while Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT made the bold statement that the West Ham No.41 is going to Arsenal.
Therefore, it would be a proper hijack if Chelsea simply came in and paid the £100m fee, after Arsenal fans began to allow themselves to dream about having Rice at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea would assert dominance if they pulled off Mudryk repeat on Arsenal
It would send out a real statement to the rest of English football if Chelsea managed to beat Arsenal to Rice this summer.
The Gunners have just enjoyed their best Premier League season for many, many years, and have returned to the Champions League after a six-year absence.
Therefore, if Chelsea still managed to pinch Rice from Arsenal – after contrastingly suffering one of the worst campaigns in recent history for a top six side – it would be a real statement signing.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation – Mauricio Pochettino is said to have already told Chelsea he would like to sign the West Ham captain, so a deal could be on.