Declan Rice is reportedly favouring a move to Arsenal rather than Chelsea in the summer.
According to the Guardian, the West Ham United captain would prefer to join the ranks at the Emirates over those at Stamford Bridge.
Rice is likely to leave the Hammers at the end of the season, with the club currently attempting to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The 24-year-old deserves to be playing on the Champions League stage, having evolved into one of the finest and most revered central midfielders in the sport.
His journey from Chelsea academy graduate to England’s prime defensive force could come full cycle with a return to Cobham.
Declan Rice might not be returning to Chelsea
Todd Boehly and his team are apparently willing to ‘break the bank’ to bring Rice back to the home where his footballing adventure began.
However, Arsenal have recently entered the race to secure his expensive signature, which could cost around £80m.
This interest from Mikel Arteta’s employers could easily derail Chelsea’s attempts to sign their former prodigy.
Especially as it’s been claimed that Rice is leaning towards North London instead of the South West.
He cannot really be blamed for this mindset, considering where his two capital city suitors find themselves at the minute.
Arsenal are closing in on the league title, whilst Graham Potter’s squad might not even qualify for a European competition next season.
Who would you pick if you were Declan?