Torino are allegedly trying to convince West Ham United to lower their demands for Croatia international Nikola Vlasic.
That’s according to a report from Torino Granata who claim that Torino want to sign Vlasic permanently in January, rather than wait until the summer.
However, they want the Hammers to accept a cheaper fee than the £13.4 million buy-out option included in his loan deal.
The West Ham owners would be mad to do that wouldn’t they!
The Torino chairman recently suggested that a deal to bring the Croatian to the club on a permanent basis is far from guaranteed.
The 25-year-old has really impressed out in Italy this season, and has four goals and three assists to his name in 16 games so far (Transfermarkt).
Where will he be plying his trade next season though?
Nikola Vlasic claim will interest West Ham fans
Torino are trying to barter West Ham down from the £13.4 million option that they have to buy him permanently in the summer of 2023, according to Torino Granata.
I just find this report a bit strange to be honest.
Torino president Urbano Cairo recently raved about the 25-year-old:
Vlasic is a very strong player. He has great quality and intelligence. Spectacular.
The Croatian has been superb out in Italy this season. Also why would Torino be so desperate to haggle on an agreed price?
If anything, Vlasic’s value would have surely increased.
If Torino don’t want to pay the £13.4 million, that’s fine, David Moyes should take him back and try and get the best out of him.
West Ham and Nikola Vlasic were far from a match made in heaven. It seems as though it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he will be off next summer though.
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