It appears the Gunners have been struggling to agree a price with West Ham United for the midfielder with two earlier offers being rejected Manchester City joined the race.
Aluko’s theory was that City never wanted to sign Rice and that Arsenal owner Mikel Arteta had told his friend and City manager, Pep Guardiola, to persuade Arsenal’s owners to match the Hammers’ valuation and put the deal on the line. Ask to bid to compel to do.
She added that this strategy was something she used when she worked as director of women’s football for Aston Villa and sporting director for Los Angeles-based Angel City FC.
“It is fair to say that I suspected that Rice was not going to Manchester from the M6! I had a good laugh at this today, it was very quiet among a lot of brigands – somehow a lot of the haters disappeared. Apologies are much quieter in comparison,” Aluko wrote in a thread on Twitter before adding:
“Disagreement is part of the job. But disagreement should never be used by people in football to be sexist, racist, misogynistic towards women. This is completely disrespectful and I will not ignore it for the benefit of the many men who fuel and abuse their jealousy and insecurities. Women in soccer are not going away. get used to.
“We know our stuff, we speak from a place of professional insight and experience. Take it or leave it, agree, disagree but if you choose to disagree with sexism, racism, misogyny, then you are the problem and you are exposing yourself.
“If you spend your time attacking women in football, you are highlighting the fact that you can never be on the same level. You are entitled to your opinion, don’t misuse it to be racist, sexist and misogynist.
He also posted a video on Twitter with the caption: “My DMs are kinda quiet, looks like the clowns ran out #DeclanRice #TransferTea.”
The video was accompanied by several crystal ball and laughing emojis, followed by a clown emoji in which she is smiling and shaking her head.
A deal for Rice has been agreed in principle with Arsenal, with £100 million in guaranteed cash and £5 million in bonuses.