Reported West Ham target Mikel Oyarzabal was recently advised to join Premier League giants Liverpool or Chelsea by Real Sociedad legend Alberto Lopez.
The Sun claimed today that David Moyes would love to bring the 22-year-old to the London Stadium.
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But if the Hammers do make a move for the seven-capped Spain international, could they face competition from Liverpool or Chelsea?
Real Sociedad legend Alberto Lopez suggested that Oyarzabal should join the Reds or the Blues to make the next step in his career, when speaking to Marca recently:
“I think Mikel Oyarzabal does not have much time left in Real Sociedad. He has a lot of talent and I think there could be a big team (perfect for him) like Chelsea or Liverpool.”
The 22-year-old winger is clearly a very exciting talent.
The 22-year-old has been in great form for Sociedad this season. He has racked up 10 goals and seven assists in 33 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
In 26 La Liga outings, Oyarzabal has averaged 1.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 2.2 dribbles per game. During those appearances, The seven-capped Spain international has averaged 27.7 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 76.8% (Who Scored).
And he is one of the most exciting young players in La Liga according to the Sun.
West Ham could have their work cut-out for the winger
If teams like Liverpool or Chelsea do come in for the Sociedad ace, the Hammers will obviously find it very hard to beat the Premier League giants to his signature.
The Spaniard’s price-tag could prove to be problematic too.
According to Calcio Mercato, Oyarzabal has a €50 million (£45 million) release clause inserted into his current contract.
One thing definitely in West Ham’s favour, however, will be that they will undoubtedly be able to offer the 22-year-old more regular game-time than either Liverpool or Chelsea will.
Much will depend on the state of the transfer market whenever football eventually resumes. Prices for players are likely to plummet.
So it is unlikely that the Hammers will be willing to part with £45 million for Oyarzabal.
Liverpool and Chelsea on the other hand might not be so put off by the reported fee required to prise the Spaniard away from the Reale Arena.