According to The Sunday Mirror (print edition, page 64, August 9, 2020), West Ham boss David Moyes is interested in signing Barcelona starlet Monchu this summer.
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The Hammers manager will be on the look-out for young and hungry players with a point to prove this summer. The Scot has said so himself on numerous occasions.
West Ham may be looking to add another central midfielder to their ranks. Carlos Sanchez has left the London Stadium already, whilst Declan Rice’s future is far from certain. And Mark Noble is clearly well past his best.
The Sunday Mirror claims that the Hammers could look to address that particular squad deficiency by bringing in Barcelona starlet Monchu this summer.
The problem for West Ham is that Barca have already knocked back a £26m bid for the 20-year-old midfielder. The Catalan giants allegedly want closer to £36 million (Mirror).
And with funds tight in east London, paying that kind of fee will clearly be a problem.
Perhaps the Hammers will have better luck prising him away from the Camp Nou on loan. But even then, the Mirror suggest that Barca would want an obligation to buy inserted into the deal.
£36 million for the young midfielder could be considered as a real bargain, however, considering the fact that he has a £90 million release clause inserted into his current contract (Marca).
Monchu shone for Barcelona’s B team this season, racking up 10 goals and three assists in 29 games (Transfermarkt).
The young Spaniard is clearly a very exciting prospect. The 20-year-old was named on the bench for Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Napoli last night. So he is obviously highly rated at the Camp Nou.
Paying in excess of £30 million for Monchu would be a huge risk for West Ham, however. He is totally unproven in the Premier League. And the pace and intensity of the English game may well come as somewhat of a shock to him.
A loan deal with an option to buy would be a good move from West Ham. But one with an obligation should be avoided.