Inter Milan’s new Chinese owners have been urged to move heaven and earth to bring Dimitri Payet, 29, to the San Siro.
Former owner and now honorary president, Massimo Moratti, sold the club to Suning Commercial Group and claimed that the French midfielder should be the key signing of the summer.
Payet has been in sparkling form for the French during Euro 2016, capping fine performances with two goals in Les Bleus group games. As they prepare for a quarter-final meeting with Iceland, Inter are readying an offer West Ham can’t refuse.
There’s no rush from the east Londoners to sell. With the Olympic Stadium coming almost rent-free, the Hammers are themselves flush with cash and co-owner David Sullivan has already stated their aim to challenge for the title.
Slaven Bilic’s side threatened the top four last season before falling away to finish seventh and are themselves looking to strengthen their squad. Belgian international, Michy Batshuayi, 22, is already on their radar with reports from France that they bid £31m for the Marseille striker last week.
They face stiff competition from Crystal Palace with Tottenham and Chelsea ready to enter into a bidding war for Batshuayi’s services.
West Ham are confident of holding onto Payet and are not encouraging any suitors. Real Madrid told the club to name their price earlier in the summer and the Hammers refused to do so. Inter Milan may receive the same stonewalled response.
Whether Payet’s head has been turned during the Euro’s is another matter. He recently signed a new five-year deal and the club expect their talisman midfielder to see that contract through.
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