Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has admitted that he received a £31 million bid for West Ham target Davide Frattesi on transfer deadline day.
The Italian club allegedly value Frattesi at around £31 million (CalcioMercato), and West Ham were said to have offered just £20 million.
David Moyes ended up looking elsewhere in the summer, and added only Luizao and Danny Ings to his ranks in the January window.
But did the Scot make a last minute dash to strengthen his midfield ranks?
Sassuolo chief opens up on transfer deadline day Davide Frattesi bid
Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali explained how he rejected a late offer for the Italian midfielder yesterday, as quoted by TuttoMercatoWEB:
“We had an offer a few hours ago from an English club for Frattesi. However, our policy will always be to raise our kids. Clearly, when an opportunity arises we consider it for their sake. For Frattesi, it would be nice if he could go and reinforce an Italian team, as happened with [Manuel] Locatelli.”
I would like to think that the bid came from West Ham.
I believe that the Sassuolo ace would be an exceptional addition for the Hammers.
He is an orthodox central midfielder by trade but he can also operate in the number 10 position.
The 23-year-old bagged four goals and three assists in 36 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo last season (Who Scored).
During those outings, Frattesi averaged 1.3 tackles, one interception and 1.3 clearances per game (Who Scored).
The Italian ace made 34 passes on average per match and recorded an impressive 83.7% completion rate (Who Scored).
This term, the 23-year-old has racked up five goals in 20 games for Sassuolo (Who Scored).
I believe that it could well have been the Hammers who lodged a late bid to sign the Italian on transfer deadline day.
Frattesi is said to be best friends with West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be going all out to sign him in the summer transfer window.