Despite suggestions that the deal over Declan Rice is close to getting sealed, negotiations between Arsenal and West Ham are ongoing, with discussions focused on even the smallest details.
From the beginning, West Ham has maintained a clear stance on the price and terms for allowing their captain to depart, and that position has not changed. While it is expected that the record-breaking £100m for Rice will have its complications, the main elements of the agreement should have been easier to finalize.
Currently, Arsenal's proposed payment structure is not deemed acceptable by David Sullivan and the West Ham board, and until this aspect is resolved, the announcement of Rice as a new player cannot be made.
Frustration exists on both sides, as West Ham is awaiting the substantial fee to invest in players like Harvey Barnes and James Ward-Prowse, bolstering David Moyes' squad for the challenges of the Europa League and domestic competitions in the upcoming season. However, these deals are also on hold until the transfer of Rice is concluded.