Yacine Brahimi is a free agent after leaving FC Porto and he is not short of options. West Ham are said to be one of the teams interested. The Hammers’ interest dates back to last summer when Brahimi nearly joined (Sky Sports News).
When Brahimi’s contract expires, a host of clubs will be seeking a free transfer. But Brahimi has set out his financial intentions and he will not be a cheap signing.
Finances of the Yacine Brahimi deal
According to Portuguese newspaper Record (via Sport Witness), Brahimi will demand a staggering €6m (around £5.3m) signing-on fee. So, even though Brahimi will technically be a free agent, the Irons will have to cough up in excess of £5m to land their man.
The 29-year-old also wants a three-year contract worth €14m (roughly £12.5m). That equates to wages north of £80k-per-week and keeps him at the club until he is 32 with limited to sell-on value. This could potentially put the Hammers off.
Fenerbahce in pole position for Yacine Brahimi
According to Turkish newspaper Sozcu, Fenerbahce have offered Brahimi the best deal. This report suggests West Ham, Real Betis and Fenerbahce are vying for the Algeria winger.
But Fenerbahce’s contract proposal is the most lucrative. The Turkish Super Lig club had a disappointing season and want to get back towards the top of the league.
In order to beat their competitors to Brahimi, Fenerbahce have reportedly offered a large signing-on fee as well as a three-year contract with wages of €12m (£10.6m) per year.