Declan Rice, a midfielder for Arsenal, has made light of the fact that Chelsea’s £115 million purchase of Moises Caicedo has dethroned him as the most expensive player in the English Premier League this summer.
A little over a month ago, Arsenal and West Ham agreed to a £105 million agreement for Rice’s signature, a club record sum that, with add-ons, may surpass the British record £100 million that Manchester City spent on Jack Grealish.
After spending £107 million on Enzo Fernandez in January, Chelsea outspent Arsenal by signing Caicedo for £115 million, surpassing Liverpool’s previous Premier League transfer record of £113 million.
Caicedo has already thrown Rice’s massive transfer fee in the shade, despite Rice’s superb performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Rice laughed hysterically and said to Sky Sports when the topic of Caicedo’s record transfer, which outbid his own price tag, arose: “I had it up on the wall for two weeks!” It has finally collapsed!
Rice elaborated on Arsenal’s victory over Palace, saying, “Before the game tonight, I was on my way to the game and I just thought, just go out there and have it tonight, try and put on a show.”