Arsenal have made contact over signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, journalist Rudy Galetti has informed GiveMeSport.
The England international continues to be linked with a move away from the London Stadium, and Galetti says the Gunners are one club who are interested in him.
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, writing in his CaughtOffside column, recently claimed that Arsenal could join the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for Rice.
Whoever convinces the 23-year-old to join them will have to pay a lot of money for his signature, with West Ham reluctant to sell their skipper.
According to The Guardian, the Hammers will demand at least £100m in a bid to scare off suitors.
Competition for Rice looks fierce, but if Arsenal win the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League, they may fancy their chances this summer.
Galetti has told GMS that Arsenal have already started working on signing Rice.
When asked if the north London club have made any contact, the journalist said: “Yes, just to collect preliminary information. It’s true that Arsenal have him in their sights. Declan Rice, unless there’s a sensational twist, will leave West Ham in the summer. Yes, first contact has already happened.”
He would probably be an excellent addition to any team in the Premier League. Since breaking onto the scene, Rice has quickly become one of the best holding midfielders in the division.
The West Ham star really excels at winning the ball back, which he showed at the World Cup last month.