Danny Murphy believes Declan Rice would be a ‘big’ signing for Arsenal amid £80m move rumours

‘He would be PERFECT for Arsenal’: Danny Murphy insists Declan Rice would be a ‘big’ signing for Mikel Arteta… with the Gunners making the £80million West Ham captain their top target in the summer

  • Arsenal are believed to have made Declan Rice their top target for next summer
  • The West Ham star was rated as one of England’s best players last year
  • Its shares have since fallen as the Hammers battle relegation
  • Danny Murphy thinks Rice would be the “perfect way” to sign for the Gunners

Danny Murphy has urged Arsenal to sign Declan Rice amid rumors of an £80million move for the midfielder in the summer.

The Gunners are believed to have made the West Ham midfielder their top target for the summer as they look to add depth to an excellent if thin squad.

They had little luck in the transfer window this January as Chelsea beat them to sign targets Joao Felix and Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Arsenal are believed to have made Declan Rice their top target for next summer

Arsenal are believed to have made Declan Rice their top target for next summer

Mikel Arteta is ready to break the Gunners' transfer record to bring in the West Ham star

Mikel Arteta is ready to break the Gunners’ transfer record to bring in the West Ham star

Despite their recent failure to strike big-name deals, Murphy felt Mikel Arteta’s side would benefit immensely from the signing of Rice, telling talkSPORT: “I think that would be a big, big step for Arsenal.

“I think he would be the perfect guy for Arsenal because they depend heavily on Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.”

While the north Londoners’ midfield pairing has been superb this season, Albert Sambi Lokonga looked a step below in the recent FA Cup game against Oxford United and could struggle to keep up with them as injury guards if needed.

Danny Murphy felt Rice could be the

Danny Murphy felt Rice could be the “perfect way” to sign for Arteta’s side

Sportsmail columnist Murphy continued: “Not only do you get a wonderful midfielder who might be there for the rest of his career if they go on, you also get an Englishman that fans can relate to, they know he is it can do it in the Premier League.

“He’s going to get better and I think he’s going to get more platforms to score goals.”

Rice was named among England’s top midfielders last season after an outstanding season with the Hammers in which they finished seventh in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Arsenal missed out on Mykhalo Mudryk, who joined Chelsea after ties with the Emirates

Arsenal missed out on Mykhalo Mudryk, who joined Chelsea after ties with the Emirates

David Moyes famously valued him at £200million at the time and while his shares may have fallen since then, the 24-year-old remains a prime option with almost 200 games of top-flight experience.

Adding more players of Rice’s quality could be crucial if Arsenal is to have any chance of maintaining their newfound heavyweight status next season.

They currently sit eight points clear at the top of the league after claiming a derby win away in north London for the first time since 2014 on Sunday.

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