West Ham missed out on Santiago Ascacibar in the summer and now he could be on the move. According to German media outlet Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Ascacibar could leave VfB Stuttgart before the end of the European window.
There is concrete interest from Spain. Real Betis will try to sign Ascacibar, who was recently left out of the Stuttgart team despite being fit to play. With just days remaining in the European transfer window, Betis could firm up their interest with an offer.
Ascacibar has a contract lasting until 2023 with Stuttgart. But following their relegation from the Bundesliga to the German second division, he could leave. The Argentina midfielder has recently won a call-up to the senior squad and could make his debut soon. But he will need to playing in a top European league to keep his spot in Lionel Scaloni’s squad.
West Ham frozen out
Towards the end of the English transfer window, West Ham were reportedly chasing Ascacibar (MDZ). The 22-year-old is young, talented and tenacious in midfield – just what West Ham needed to fix their problem position.
If West Ham miss out on Ascacibar now, then that shows why this transfer window needs extending. Betis now have the chance to press ahead with this deal and West Ham can only watch on; the Irons have been frozen out of this deal.
Shutting the summer transfer window early is not a bad idea. But European clubs hold an advantage over English clubs. They can hold Premier League teams to ransom over their own players or their transfer targets, knowing that there is more time in the European window. The English window should be in line with the rest of Europe, otherwise we are unnecessarily punishing our teams.