West Ham United striker target Maxi Gomez looks to have taken another step towards the Celta Vigo exit door.
West Ham and Valencia have been going head-to-head for the striker (Sky Sports).
There has been claim and counter claim about the potential deal. West Ham fans have been left dizzy by the swirling speculation.
One minute it appears to be on, the next it is unlikely.
Maxi Gomez becoming a saga
On Friday West Ham received a potential boost with the news that Valencia could drop out of the race.
Marca reported the La Liga side were frustrated by the ‘protracted negotiations’ and were considering a move for Espanyol forward Borja Iglesias instead.
Now there has been the clearest indication yet that Celta Vigo are preparing for life without Gomez.
Celta preparing for life after main man
That’s after Sevilla forward Nolito was linked with a cut-price return to the club where he made his name (Marca).
Marca states the former Manchester City man is pushing for the move and will ask Sevilla to release him for a ‘nominal fee’.
Celta are open to his return where he will team up with Iago Aspas.
That suggests the club has accepted they will sell West Ham target Gomez this summer.
Celta are not flushed with cash and would not be able to have all three of those forwards on their books.
Stars seem to be aligning for West Ham
It also suggests West Ham may be playing the perfect game over Gomez’s fee.
West Ham clearly do not want to pay the 22-year-old’s £45m release clause.
Reports suggest they will not go any higher than £35m.
But if Celta are already lining up replacements their mind has clearly been made up that he will be sold. And that is without anyone offering the release clause.
Expect more twists and turns yet but this is the clearest indication so far that Celta will be playing ball.