Chelsea’s quest for a midfield replacement for Oscar has moved onto West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.
The Frenchman is unhappy at West Ham and is currently angling for a move away from the club. Bearing that in mind, there is a sense of naivety in West Ham’s insistence that he will remain at the club. This is only heightened as footballing superpowers like Chelsea come calling.
As reported by the Sun, Chelsea first turned their attention to Bayern Munich in an effort to fill the void left by Oscar. The physicality and intensity of Arturo Vidal were thought to be a perfect fit for the Premier League although Chelsea’s moves for the midfielder appear to have been rebuffed. Thus attention moves to the London Stadium, where Payet had happily plied his trade until recently.
West Ham have already rejected a £20 million bid from Marseille, although armed with the £60million payday from Oscar’s departure, Chelsea appear well placed to better that bid. Chelsea look a perfect fit for the Frenchman. The move would not require him to leave London and given that they currently sit five points clear at the top of the table, it’s hard to envisage a more attractive move for the 29-year-old.
The primary stumbling block appears to be West Ham themselves. Payet’s contract holds him at the club until 2021, a testament to how eager they were to secure his services for the long term. West Ham boss Slavan Bilic’s hand may be forced by the possibility of some form of player swap, which could see West Ham secure the services of Michy Batshuyai.
The Belgian striker has struggled to make any impression at Stamford Bridge and would likely benefit hugely from the increased game time he would likely get upon a move to West Ham.
Given the amount of moving parts around the deal, this is a transfer that would appear to have a long way to go.