Man United & Arsenal in battle to sign £40m Premier League Playmaker
According to reports, as per Starsport, Jose Mourinho is on a mission to beat his bitter rival to the signing of France star Dimitri Payet.
The West Ham playmaker made real headway last season in the Premier League before showing the world what he is capable of at the recent European Championships held in his home nation.
It is believed that Arsenal have kept tabs on Payet and will try lure him away from the London Stadium next month when the January transfer window opens.
However, the Daily Star now report that Manchester United have asked sources close to Payet to keep them informed regarding the player’s situation.
United’s spending power will put Arsenal under pressure as the former Marseille player, who cost the Hammers £10.7m in 2015, is not expected to leave on the cheap.
Payet is West Ham’s most valuable player earning £120,000-per-week after signing a long-term contract last season. Unsurprisingly, the club insist their highest earner is not for sale.
But with the influence of Paul Pogba at Manchester United, Mourinho is hopeful the former Juventus midfielder can help lure his international teammate to Old Trafford.
Payet spoke out recently about West Ham’s situation and how they’re hovering above the relegation zone. The Arsenal and Manchester United target sounds like he is open to offers.
“The situation at the club affects me, but I’m an ambitious person,” said Payet.
“I’m in a fight with my club and I’m giving everything for them, to get out of this difficult situation – but I’m not closing the door to anything.
“I miss the Champions League. I’ve got some great years ahead of me and I want to enjoy them by playing in important competitions.
“If I’m forced to leave West Ham, it will be done according to the rules – the club will have its share of the cake. My coach understands the situation does not suit me.”
Meanwhile, West Ham have been subject to stories linking Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to the club on loan deals. The likelihood of that happening is similar to Manchester having a better summer than Madrid.