West Ham will allegedly have to pay at least £40 million if we want to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile in the summer.
That’s according to a report from The Sun who claim that Manchester United have now entered the race to sign the towering 20-year-old centre-back.
It was alleged that we were prepared to pay around £33 million for Badiashile (L’Equipe).
However, West Ham obviously failed to get a deal for the young Frenchman over the line. And now it may well be almost impossible to sign him in the summer…
West Ham told to pay £40 million for Monaco centre-back Badiashile in the summer
The Sun reckons that the Hammers will need to spend big in order to sign the talented young defender in the summer.
It would take our second biggest transfer outlay ever in order to bring Badiashile to the London Stadium.
And we think that the 20-year-old would be worth the £40 million fee required to prise him away from the Stade Louis II.
He has been described as a brilliant young talent by well-renowned Total Football Analysis.
In 12 Ligue 1 outings for Monaco this season, the young Frenchman has averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.2 clearances and 1.3 successful aerial duels per game (Who Scored).
The 20-year-old comes into his own when it comes to technique, composure and ability with the ball at his feet. He has made 60.8 passes on average per match this season and has recorded a completion rate of 88.5% (Who Scored).
He is renowned for making line breaking, progressive passes through the centre of the opposition’s midfield and its absolutely brilliant at beating the press.
The young Frenchman has impressive pace for a big man too. In other words, he has absolutely everything needed to succeed as a centre-back at the very highest level of the game.
And if West Ham do manage to sign Badiashile for £40 million in the summer, it would be an absolutely fantastic piece of business for us. It would be a real statement signing from the Hammers as well.