Manchester City Shift Focus to Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga After Declan Rice Bid Rejected

By Xorkpe Sosu 4 Min Read

Arsenal has emerged as the frontrunner to secure the signature of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, following Manchester City’s formal withdrawal from negotiations.

City found themselves unable to match Arsenal’s third bid, valued at £105 million, prompting their exit from the negotiating process.

In an attempt to secure Rice’s services, Arsenal has presented a revised offer of £100 million upfront, supplemented by £5 million in add-ons.

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If successful, this staggering sum would surpass the British transfer record set by Manchester City’s acquisition of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Despite having their previous bids, which fell short of the £100 million mark, rejected by West Ham, Arsenal’s latest proposal represents a significant escalation in terms of the transfer fee.

As a result, it is widely speculated that this substantial increase may finally clinch the deal and see Rice join the Gunners.

Following their failed £90 million bid for Declan Rice, treble winners Manchester City have decided to withdraw from negotiations.

Instead, their attention has turned to securing the services of Celta Vigo’s rising star, Gabri Veiga.

While Arsenal and Liverpool have also shown interest in the midfielder, City has emerged as a primary contender.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea and Liverpool still maintain their interest in signing Veiga.

However, City has now gained substantial knowledge about the potential deal. Veiga possesses a release clause of €40 million (£35 million), and it is widely anticipated that he will depart Celta Vigo during this summer transfer window.

At just 21 years old, Veiga has showcased immense talent, netting 11 goals and providing four assists in 36 league appearances for Celta Vigo. His standout performance came on the final day of the season, where he scored twice against Barcelona, securing safety for his team.

With his promising abilities, Veiga is poised to become a sensation in the coming years, making Manchester City’s interest in him unsurprising as they join the race to secure his signature.

Pep Guardiola, the esteemed manager of Manchester City, is well aware of Gabri Veiga’s impressive ascent in Spanish football.

Manchester City Shift Focus to Celta Vigo's Gabri Veiga After Declan Rice Bid Rejected

Guardiola may harbor the belief that he can nurture the young talent from Celta Vigo into a consistent goal-scoring force.

Renowned football journalist Fabrizio Romano has expressed confidence that Arsenal anticipates reaching a full agreement on the deal within the next day or two.

Romano highlights that all parties involved are currently engaged in discussions regarding crucial details, signaling that an imminent agreement is on the horizon.

Declan Rice, currently contracted to West Ham until 2024 with the option of a one-year extension, has been subject to transfer speculation.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan recently expressed his belief that Rice’s departure from the club in the summer is highly probable, stating he is “99 per cent” certain of the midfielder’s exit following their Europa Conference League triumph over Fiorentina earlier this month.


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