West Ham United have been linked with an exciting double deal for Celta Vigo duo Maxi Gomez and Stanislav Lobotka.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking for another four or five signings this summer.
His priorities are strikers and midfielders.
Reports emerged over the weekend that West Ham were actively pursuing a mega deal for the pair (Gianluca Di Marzio).
Exciting double deal mooted
Gomez has been West Ham’s prime striker since January. And reports now claim West Ham want his influential midfield dynamo teammate Lobotka too.
Speculation suggests the deal could cost West Ham as much as £60million (Claret & Hugh).
That would push Pellegrini’s budget to the limit and require West Ham to close out sales of several players deemed surplus to requirements.
But the Hammers have never been the best salesmen.
And shifting deadwood is not always easy.
Supporters think ‘wantaway’ Lanzini could be sacrificed
So supporters have put two and two together and believe a more saleable asset is about to be sacrificed to finance the deal.
Speculation in West Ham circles was backed up by reliable insider ExWHUemployee that Lanzini is far from happy with the terms of the new deal.
And fans on forums and social media believe the club are preparing to offload him as a result.
Does Lanzini out Lobotka in make Hammers stronger?
Asked whether selling the playmaker to bring in Lobotka amounted to good business, 37% of fans told Twitter account West Ham Social ‘No’.
Good business? ⬇️
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) June 10, 2019
Of nearly 3,000 supporters voting, 31% said ‘Yes’ while 32% were unsure.
In an ideal world West Ham would keep Lanzini and bring Lobotka in.
But the club may feel they can sell Lanzini and take a risk on Jack Wilshere’s fitness if it enables them to sign the Slovakian.
With Andriy Yarmolenko back next season it is easy to see the temptation.
Speculation is at fever pitch right now.
As a result it is sure to be an interesting couple of months between now and the window shutting.