West Ham defensive midfield target Erick Pulgar has spoken out about his future and it is good news for Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham sold Pedro Obiang to Sassuolo yesterday after four years in East London (whufc.com).
The midfielder was sold for around £7.5million, leaving Manuel Pellegrini’s net spend at around the £25million mark this summer.
Pellegrini’s transfer kitty explained
The Chilean was handed a base budget of £30million plus any cash generated from player sales.
With the likes of Reece Oxford, Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez also potentially on their way out Pellegrini’s kitty could be boosted further.
According to Canal de Futbol, West Ham are interested in signing Pellegrini’s Chilean compatriot Erick Pulgar from Bologna as a replacement for Obiang.
The 25-year-old is a tenacious defensive midfielder who impressed in Serie A last season.
Report claims Pellegrini wants compatriot
The Canal de Futbol report did not quote Bologna’s valuation of Pulgar.
But the club signed the Copa America star for a nominal fee back in 2015 so a healthy return on their money could prove tempting.
And now the player himself has commented on his future in an interview with La Tercera in his homeland amid interest from West Ham and La Liga side Sevilla.
It appears to be good news for Pellegrini too after Pulgar admitted the time has come to broaden his horizons.
‘Time to make the leap, I need it’
“I’ve been in Bologna for four years, it’s a beautiful city and I’m used to it, but it’s time to make the leap. I need it,” Pulgar told La Tercera.
“I have to take a step forward in my career to be able to fight for more things.
“Playing the Copa America helped me a lot (to get more attention from other clubs), because it is a tournament that everyone sees.
“I played to defend Chile and also for something of mine, which is to continue climbing in football.”