Bayern Munich decide against signing Declan Rice

As reported by Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich have decided to not submit an offer for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

A meeting was held today by the Bayern sports committee where the subject of a potential club record-breaking move for Rice was proposed. However, the decision made by those involved was to not submit a bid for the West Ham midfielder. 

The reasoning behind the decision was that the valuation of the England International was beginning to increase beyond what had been imagined by the Bayern board. Instead, reports suggest that Arsenal will be the side to sign Rice this summer.

There had been an understanding since Friday that Mikel Arteta’s side would prevail in the race for Rice’s signature and the news from the Bayern meeting only confirms that. This is despite Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel’s desire to lure the Conference League winner to Bavaria. 

While Bayern have failed to sign their main transfer target this summer, that does not mean that incomings will stop. Instead, Die Rekordmeister will shift their focus towards searching for a striker to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski, as the West Ham midfielder was the only option for Tuchel.

GGFN | Will Shopland

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