• Structure of payment for England midfielder to be agreed
  • Rice expected to complete move this week after medical

Arsenal are close to finalising terms over their £105m deal for West Ham’s Declan Rice, with the guaranteed portion of the fee expected to be paid in three instalments over 24 months.

West Ham are selling the midfielder for £100m plus £5m in add-ons and the transfer is on the verge of completion. Arsenal wanted to spread the cost of the guaranteed payment over five years but have been forced to bring the number of instalments down in order to bring Mikel Arteta’s top summer target to the Emirates Stadium. Talks over the nature of the add-ons are ongoing but Rice is expected to undergo a medical and join Arsenal this week.

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