According to a report from French publication L’Equipe, Manchester United are getting ready to offer €50 million (£45 million) for West Ham ace Issa Diop.
And the Hammers’ response to said bid could end up defining their 2019/20 campaign.
Diop joined West Ham from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for £22 million (BBC Sport). And he has been a real hit at the London Stadium.
The 22-year-old is a total powerhouse, and he seems to have all of the ingredients needed to go on and become a real star of the game.
The Frenchman seems to be a truly elite player. There is no way that the Hammers should even consider selling him for £45 million.
He’s the kind of player, and this might sound like an exaggeration, who could be worth double that in three years time.
Manchester United are desperate for another centre-back. Diop is under contract with the east London outfit until the summer of 2023, however.
West Ham hold all of the cards.
The centre-back still has a lot of work to do, but he could very well go on to become one of the world’s best defenders.
And as things stand, West Ham might just be the best place for him to continue his development.
The Hammers would make a big statement by keeping Diop, whereas the opposite could be said if they decide to sell him.
This is crunch time for Manuel Pellegrini and co. They must dig their heels in prove to the rest of the Premier League that they’re not pushovers.
West Ham are a big club…it’s time to start acting like one.