Declan Rice has dropped a possible transfer hint after liking a post on Instagram following Arsenal’s Premier League win over Manchester United.
The Gunners came away 3-2 victors in a thrilling contest at the Emirates on Sunday. Eddie Nketiah sealed the win in stoppage time, poking the ball past David De Gea to put his side five points clear at the top of the table.
Bukayo Saka was also amongst the goals, finding the corner with an excellent strike from distance.
Rice, who has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates, took to social media to like a post from England team-mate Saka, reigniting transfer rumours.
Saka captioned his post: “What a WIN! We never stopped believing. Thank you for the support Gunners, the energy was unreal. We keep going!”
Mikel Arteta is thought to have made Rice his transfer priority this summer, with the Spaniard keen to add a central midfielder to his weaponry.
Rice ‘favouring’ Arsenal move
Rice is also thought to favour a move to North London after reports emerged suggesting the England international is keen to work under Mikel Arteta.
According to The Guardian, the prospect of moving to the Emirates Stadium and working under Arteta appeals to Rice, with the Spaniard having “drawn up plans for where the West Ham captain would fit into his team”.
After seeing the Arsenal boss transform the Gunners into title contenders, he is convinced that his coaching would make him a better midfielder, claims the report.
But the league leaders will have to fend off interest from Chelsea, who have been long-term admirers of the midfielder.
Rice played in Chelsea’s academy where he became friends with England teammate Mason Mount.
Hammers boss David Moyes was originally said to want £100million for Rice, but with his contract set to expire in less than 18 months time, he may be available at a cut-price.
Gunners fans speculated over a potential transfer after his post-match comments back in December, following West Ham’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Rice praised Arteta’s side, stating: “I think they’re a top team, you can see they’re coached incredibly well, the attacking talent, it’s a young squad, they could go the whole way for sure. They’re a good team.”