Dimitri Payet has enjoyed a phenomenal debut season in the Premier League, and despite a lengthy injury he’s been one of the campaign’s standout performers. His performances have attracted the attention of a number of clubs, and we’re apparently looking to lure him across London to the Emirates this summer, according to The Sun.
The report suggests Payet’s agent has demanded a hugely increased deal after just six months at Upton Park, with the midfielder wanting his current £65,000 per week contract boosted to a massive £125,000 per week.
The Hammers are apparently furious with the demands, but an insider claim regardless of what happens Payet won’t be sold.
“It’s unheard of for a player’s agent to ask for a pay rise after only six months at a club,” he said.
“The player’s caught in the middle of it. The club aren’t happy. But whatever happens, Payet will not be sold.”
With all the interest in the player from top clubs however, West Ham may struggle to hold onto him this summer. The Sun’s report suggests we’re joined by Chelsea in our interest, while Sky Sports claim an unnamed Chinese club are willing to splash £38m on the player.
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It seems unlikely we’d be willing to match that amount for the 28-year-old, regardless of his form this season. He’s unquestionably an excellent player, but with Mesut Özil already in the side Arsene Wenger may struggle to justify the expenditure.
A move to China would also obviously depend on the player’s wishes, and a West Ham spokesman told Sky Sports that he “can’t see him going to China.”
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It’s difficult to see the Hammers matching his wage demands, and who knows whether it’s something they are even capable of. If the player is determined enough he may well be able to force his way out of the club, but if he does look to force his way out, is that really the type of player we want at Arsenal?
We’d love to see Payet at the Emirates, but it just may not be possible.