Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola held a one-on-one meeting with West Ham captain Declan Rice to convince him to reject a move to Arsenal.

The England international is at the centre of a tug-of-war between Arsenal and City.

West Ham this morning rejected City’s opening bid for Rice, which was believed to be an initial £80m with a further £10m of add-ons.

That’s more than both of Arsenal’s previous bids but West Ham are holding out for more than £100m.

Arsenal have put up significant groundwork into a move to sign Rice, with the midfielder said to favour a move to the Emirates.

That’s in part down to how early Mikel Arteta made contact with the player and sold him a vision of becoming a prominent figure of Arsenal for years to come.

But the Guardian say Guardiola intervened towards the end of last season in a bid to convince him to join City instead.

City have greater financial muscle than Arsenal but a decision will come down to where Rice would prefer to move.

With Ilkay Gundogan joining Barcelona, a place in City’s midfield has been freed up.

There is also doubt over Bernardo Silva’s future at the club given interest from Saudi Arabia.

Arsenal are expected to submit a third bid for Rice this week, while Manchester United retain an interest.


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