Arsenal was ready to sign West Ham United captain, Declan Rice when it became apparent that Moises Caicedo would not be allowed to move to another club, reports in the English media revealed Sunday evening.
The Gunners landed Jakub Kiwior from Spezia, while Leandro Trossard arrived from Brighton.
On deadline day, Arsenal signed Chelsea’s Jorginho, as Brighton priced them out of a move for Moises Caicedo in the end.
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal was in fact ready to part ways with £70m in January to sign Rice.
The Hammers rejected any overtures for their captain as they aim to finish the 2022/2023 season in a respectable position.
There is however an acceptance that the England international would be allowed to move to new pastures in the summer.
The Telegraph claims Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and even Manchester City could all compete for his signature.
It’s been suggested the Hammers will look for more than £100m for Rice. The recent purchase of Enzo Fernandez for £106m is believed to be influencing those inside the Hammers.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.