Filip Kostic has agreed to join Juventus rather than West Ham this summer in spite of accepting a far inferior salary to what was on offer at the London Stadium.
That’s according to a report from Tutto Mercato Web who claim that Juventus will pay Kostic £58k-a-week.
Since the talk emerged the Kostic has no interest in joining West Ham, David Moyes has brought the versatile Maxwel Cornet to the London Stadium.
He’s four years younger than the Serbia international and only cost £17.5 million, so we actually think that the Ivorian could end up being an even better signing for the Hammers.
That’s not to say that we wouldn’t have liked to see Kostic at the London Stadium. He’s a top quality player and a great pro.
Filip Kostic rejected huge West Ham offer
The Hammers were ready to pay the 29-year-old around £120k-a-week to move to the Premier League from the Bundesliga this summer (Frankfurter Rundschau).
Instead, Kostic chose to join Juve for just £58k-a-week – a whopping £3.25 million less than he would have earned every year with West Ham.
Although it might be hard to say…fair play to him.
Too often these days top-class footballers move for money rather than the chance to leave a successful legacy behind.
Kostic has clearly challenged the status quo here and that’s honourable.
West Ham ended up signing Maxwel Cornet after missing out on Filip Kostic anyway. So it’s not like we have been left short in the left wing-back/left wing department.
We wish the Serbian all the best. And genuinely, we think we’ve got a better player in the form of Cornet anyway! Perhaps we’re just being biased but the proof will be in the pudding.