Jose Mourinho is reportedly lining up a sensational £35m swoop to bring West Ham United superstar Dimitri Payet over to Manchester United.
Daily Mirror are claiming that Manchester United are showing interest in West Ham United superstar Dimitri Payet. Jose Mourinho has been a long-time admirer of Payet’s abilities and is now planning to bring the Frenchman over to Manchester United as the Portuguese continues to revamp the squad at Old Trafford.
Dimitri Payet set the Premier League ablaze in his debut season at West Ham United with 9 goals and 12 assists in the league itself, a season that saw the former Marseille man being named the Hammers Player of the Season along with a place in the PFA Team of The Season.
West Ham, too, were on song last season and even though the Hammers have been a little off the mark since their move to the new and much grander Olympic Stadium, Dimitri Payet has carried over his form from last season and the European Championships, wherein he recorded a return of 3 goals and 2 assists as France came close to claiming the Euros.
Payet has 1 goal and 4 assists from 10 matches and has been awarded the Man of the Match on 3 of those occasions, as per whoscored. The 29-year-old rejected the advances of clubs like Real Madrid and agreed to a new bumper five-year deal only in February, 2016, a contract that bumped his basic pay to £125,000 per-week.
There were reports of United’s interest in Payet during the summer along with other interested parties, which is a given as per his exploits in the last season. But, as per recent reports, Jose Mourinho is unmoved by the player’s new contract and still wants to launch a bid to bring the player to Old Trafford in January.
Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with United’s wing and the options that are available to him at the present moment have not impressed. There have been rumours of impending exit looming over several first-team players, Jose Mourinho is seeking January additions to the squad to revamp the roster.
And, the Red Devils are now back in for Payet with the Mirror report speculating that a £35m bid is on the cards and the figure is something that West Ham would ask, at the very least, in order to let their prized asset go. However, in case United do end up agreeing to a fee with West Ham, some of the suitors from the summer may also choose to reignite their interest in the 29-year-old.
Payet’s addition to the United squad would not only add to the attacking firepower but also provide a consistent and potent threat from dead-ball situations. Also, West Ham United’s current form combined with the presence of Paul Pogba and Morgan Schneiderlin at United could be the decisive factor in Payet’s decision.