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Gary Neville, a commentator, was among those who raised an eyebrow over Arsenal’s jaw-dropping £105 million purchase of Declan Rice from West Ham United. While Rice’s significant contributions in his first two Premier League games, which helped his new team win six points, are clear, Neville’s concern over the excessive price tag adds another level of intrigue to this high-stakes transfer tale.

Neville’s remarks

Neville said “I have always said that I felt the market has shifted towards £100 million, and I have always found it difficult – £100 million for Declan Rice. But then when I see Caicedo going for £100 million, maybe that’s where the market has shifted to. and further added “For me when you see £100 million, you want goals, assists – you want the attacking end of the pitch sorting out. However, the last six months have completely changed our perception of midfield player’s values.” an article from sportskeeda.com shared.

In the ever-evolving world of football strategy, defensive midfielders are becoming increasingly coveted, as evidenced by Chelsea’s groundbreaking £115 million signing of Moises Caicedo. Caicedo’s preference for West London over Liverpool’s £110 million offer grabbed headlines.

Chelsea’s involvement in this trend is consistent with their previous signings, like the £106.8 million investment in Enzo Fernandez and Manchester United’s £70 million acquisition (with add-ons) of the seasoned Casemiro. These midfield maestros are altering the financial dynamics of the game as the pitch transforms into a symphony of tactical brilliance.

Declan Rice performed well for Arsenal in their most recent game, according to Mikel Arteta

Declan Rice’s performance as the lone No. 6 in Arsenal’s close victory over Crystal Palace was praised by manager Mikel Arteta. Rice’s function as a lone pivot in a three-man midfield was essential in 10-man Arsenal’s tenacious defense of their 1-0 advantage after switching from a diamond midfield in a previous game.

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After signing a five-year contract with the club, Rice definitely strengthens Arsenal’s present and next lineup. He is a native talent with a tonne of Premier League experience who further sets himself apart with a spotless injury record, missing no games for club or nation in more than four years.

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