Should Arsenal look to beat Chelsea to midfield target?

Chelsea are supposedly eyeing a deal to sign Declan Rice from West Ham this summer, but should Arsenal consider such a move?

Our club is supposedly working hard behind the scenes to offload players in order to raise funds for a bid to sign another midfielder, with Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey most strongly linked.

The pair are believed to cost somewhere between the £50 Million mark, but latest reports claim that we could well make a move to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

The Express claimed that the Blues are themselves looking to raise funds for further spending, and are willing to let Jorginho leave the club in order to bring Rice to West London, but maybe instead of funding their bid for the England international, we should look to sign their man instead.

Chelsea have already spent an astonishing amount on bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy, and the club now have some players which will need to move on, with zero incomings from exits thus far.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho cost the club an initial £50 Million according to SkySports, and you wouldn’t expect them to accept much under that price should they allow him to leave.

The reason why a move for the Blues midfielder may make sense, is that they would likely accept the fee to be paid in installments, knowing their finances are comfortable despite the recent spending.

A move to sign Rice however could be much more profitable. While Jorginho is a top player, and his style would be ideal in our current formation, the belief is that we would prefer to return to a back four, and having a player like rice at the base of the midfield would allow such a switch.

Rice has shown that he is a top player, and one who is more than comfortable at sitting deep while his rivals push forward, and that can be one of the most important roles in the team.

Could Rice actually be more ideal for Arsenal than Jorginho, and maybe more of a Thomas Partey alternative, and should we make our own attempt to sign the England man?


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  1. Robert Acedius says:

    Get Partey!

    1. Mojen says:

      Shouldn’t let it bother you. Rice wont be leaving West Ham.

  2. ACE says:

    And Sangare, who I’d rather have
    than either of these two is close to
    signing with PSV for a measley

    Even if the Ivorian was to eventually
    flop @ AFC isnt he at least worth a
    punt for the parsimunous price?

    1. Eddie says:

      I read someone said They rejected 25M offer from Southampton for Sangare.
      I’m struggling to see why they’d sell him for cheap even to us

      1. ACE says:

        Considering Toulouse was
        relegated from Ligue 1 after
        last season I just cant fathom
        there ownership would reject
        such an offer from the Saints.
        The French club has to be
        bleeding cash following such
        a catastrophic season.

        I still think hes a bargain @
        £15M considering what Chelsea
        and Spuds paid for Bakayoko &
        Ndombele respectively.

        1. Eddie says:

          Yeah well Soumaré is the alternative for Partey.
          Now in wondering what relationship we’ve suddenly built with Lille

          1. sydneyik says:

            how concrete about the news

          2. Eddie Hoyte says:

            It’s not serious yet, he’s just an option only if we don’t vet Partey, but the club are going all in for Partey after Aouar

        2. Eddie says:

          ACE I think I might’ve mixed Sangare with Soumaré…. The 25M deal was rejected for Soumaré

          1. ACE says:

            That would make more sense,
            Sangare has been available
            around that £10M # all window.

            Wouldnt be opposed to either
            quite frankly as alternatives
            to TP.

          2. Eddie says:

            Well I’ve never followed the career of anyoney of them so i dont even know what they can do

  3. Dan kit says:

    In two words
    Absolutely not !

  4. Topgun86 says:

    Better than signing Jorginho but still not what we need. Partey, auoar or soumare

    1. Eddie says:

      Funny enough I was about to post this about Soumare.
      Arsenal have agreed verbal personal terms with Lille midfielder Bakary Soumaré, Thomas Partey’s replacement only If they can not get a deal done for Partey.

      1. ACE says:

        If AM arent willimg to negotiate
        Torreria as part of the TP deal
        then MA & Edu should tell
        Simeone and co. to SOD OFF
        and bring in Soumare. His
        price tag would be similar to
        the Ghanian’s, but I venture to
        guess the French side would
        ONCE AGAIN be happy to take
        Arsenals money A Pepe style
        installment scenario would be

        1. Eddie says:

          Arsenal are not even willing to let Torreira go on loan without obligation to buy..Even Torina’s president admitted to it

          1. ACE says:

            Dont you think it’s well past
            time for MA & Edu to simply
            walk away from TP and
            spend the final week of the
            window courting Soumare?
            If seems there willing to
            play a game of chicken with
            AM and quite frankly I don’t
            see the Spanish side moving
            in the final stages of the

          2. jon fox says:

            Ace , have faith, as they know far more than any of us what can be achieved with buying and who they may yet get.

          3. ozziegunner says:

            ACE, Atletico Madrid are not playing chicken, because they need the money due to being indebted to the Spanish Government over the Covid19 furlough. They have to pay 25% of any transfer fees to the Government in furlough debt repayments.
            Arsenal just has to pay the €50 million, because otherwise AM don’t have to sell.

          4. Protiq says:

            or we should retain Torreira’s service.

      2. sydneyik says:

        Only if it’s true! I b Happy

      3. sydneyik says:

        how true bro

  5. Lenohappy says:

    I feel so sorry for Brighton they are playing a very beautiful and attacking football against united, I still don’t understand how 4 shots can hit the crossbar 🤔

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    3. Eddie says:

      Poor Brighton… I wanted United to lose

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Bloody unlucky Brighton. Doesn’t auger well for the Manchester United defense moving forward.

  6. Lenohappy says:

    Goal Yes🤣🤣🤣

    1. Sue says:

      What a game that was, Lenohappy…. I think Maupay’s celebration came back to haunt him!!!

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Sue I feel so sad for Brighton, they deserve at least a draw.

        1. Sue says:

          You’re right, they did! They must be devastated…. jammy mancs!!

  7. FootballisTrivial says:

    Brighton remind me of the old Arsenal. Brilliant gameplay but won’t win, and highly unlucky.

  8. RSH says:

    maupay…. ruining my day. REALLY?!?!

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      ManU last minute luck back in! How Brighton didn’t win that, let alone, not even get a draw! Hit the woodwork 5 times, and ManU have 3 shots on target, and all goals. Joke!

      Plus point is that they continue to look awful under Ole., so the win keeps him in the job longer haha!

      1. Sue says:

        Fergie time is back! 😆

        1. RSH says:

          @Sue this is next level stuff. The pen was given after the ref blew for FT!

          1. Sue says:

            I know, I was amazed! First game to have 2 final whistles!! A lot of time added on though….

      2. RSH says:

        yeah that was the positive I found out of it too haha. The longer Ole stays the better and the more he’ll drag down this United side. Truly awful performance from them.

  9. S says:

    Brighton concede a goal AFTER the whistle blows for FT. Screw the rules, their opposition has the VAR.

  10. lcw says:

    would rather sign a player from the EPL. As for Jorginho and 50 millions, PASS. 20 to 30 millions I will think about it providing I don’t expect him to play press and defend. He is not that type.

  11. Gunner4life says:

    No! He’s all yours Chelsea ☺️☺️

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  12. jon fox says:

    This time it is not even a rumour, merely Patricks blatantly obvious attempt to drum up a rumour. If we buy Rice, Patrick, I will publicly, as in right now, on here in this very post, offer right now £100 pounds to you or this site|(your own choice).

    I also challenge you to pay me £5 if we don’t though!
    In the likely absence of a meaningful reply -unless you prove me wrong by replying – we fans can draw our own conclusions about whether or not even you believe yourself what you write.

  13. Sue says:

    Our U23s just lost 1-0 to the spuds ☹
    I hope our women fare better against them later…

  14. Declan says:

    Rice? No, we can’t afford him.

  15. Grandad says:

    The only possible acquisition is likely to be Aouar and that may have to be put on the back burner unless we can sell Torreria , Sokratis and Kolasinac.The vibes from Madrid concerning Partey /Torreria do not fill me with optimism and I suspect a deal will not be concluded.Reverting to Rice, he would be a very good long term addition , and under normal circumstances we could have offered Holding and Chambers to tempt the Hammers.As it is I don’t see West Ham selling unless Chelsea offer silly money.

  16. Ba Thea says:

    I have 2 perfect scores so far, hope my liverpool prediction is incorrect

  17. Innit says:

    I’m going to party if we get partey 👏😂

    1. Tony says:

      Getting Partey would be every Gunners wish, for we’ve longed for someone like him longer time ago..

  18. Gunner 89 says:

    I get really annoyed by all these links with players.
    Just journalists messing with the fans.
    Simple truth is: we need to sell before we buy and we cannot shift players we want to shift to free up a wage bill.
    Tragedy is that we nearly sold 21 year old Ainsley Maitland Niles to Wolves for £15M on a day he was called up into England Squad because we cannot get rid of Mustafi, Ozil, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi.
    And that Cedric, what was the point of getting him? He has played 2 games and looks nothing like the player for Arsenal and where Arsenal needs to be.
    We cannot get a player we need for £45M Euros and our owner is worth £9.5Bn!
    So all those links with Aouar, Partey and others make no sense unless we see players going out first.

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