Arsenal ‘evidently paid too much for the new signing, says Roy Keane

Arsenal ‘evidently paid too much for the new signing, says Roy Keane

Keane, who worked with Rice as Martin O’Neill’s coach when the player got his three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, has a high opinion of him but is not quite sure that he is worth the price tag that he commands.

Roy Keane believes that Arsenal overpaid for England international midfielder Declan Rice when they gave West Ham the sum of £105 million to get his services. Keane made his comments to the Arsenal organization.

When asked about the midfielder’s possibilities in north London, Keane told ITV1: “He is obviously going to be surrounded by better players, different demands.” This was prior to the Gunners’ Community Shield match against Manchester City on Sunday, in which the player made his debut in a competitive match for the club.I believe that he clearly possesses the quality in terms of adding more goals to the team’s total, especially if he is going to play a bit higher up on the pitch. He clearly possesses the necessary physical strength, and he is able to compete in the boxing ring.

“It is very clear that they overpaid for him to the extreme. Declan Rice is a tremendously good player, but it is quite unlikely that he is worth more than one hundred million pounds.

“Over the next year or two, we’ll have a better idea of how talented Declan is. Again, you speak about that physicality, which is something that they missed in the last month or two (of the previous season), and he shows up every week. He is a big powerful lad.

“Has he got that truly elite quality where he can see a pass and get nine or ten goals? It won’t be long until we know.”

Rice’s move to the Emirates Stadium last month, after the Hammers had won the Europa Conference League with his assistance, set a new record for the most expensive transfer in British history.

The London-born footballer, whose paternal grandparents are from Cork, has been capped 43 times by England, but he made his senior international debut for Ireland, playing in friendlies against Turkey, France, and the United States in 2018, before switching allegiances. His paternal grandparents immigrated to England from Ireland in the 19th century.

Arsenal ‘evidently paid too much for the new signing, says Roy Keane