West Ham are interested in signing Antonin Barak this summer according to Corriere di Verona (Print edition, June 2nd, page 14) but his love for Arsenal could prove to be problematic.
The Gunners haven’t actually been linked with a move to sign the 26-year-old attacking midfielder…yet.
So the Hammers should just act fast and get this one wrapped up, if David Moyes is indeed keen to sign the Czech Republic international.
Barak suggested that he would jump at the chance of joining Arsenal when speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport way back in 2017:
“I was and still am an Arsenal fan. I know that I need to develop, and it doesn’t bother me where I end up, we’ll see. In Europe, Arsenal and Barcelona appeal to me.”
The Hellas Verona ace is international teammates with Hammers duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek. He enjoyed a brief spell with Slavia Prague with his fellow countrymen as well.
So it is little wonder why West Ham boss David Moyes wants to bring him to the London Stadium.
Barak racked up seven goals and three assists in 34 games for Hellas Verona last season (Transfermarkt).
West Ham must act fast with Barak having once pledged allegiance to Arsenal
The 26-year-old has bags of technical ability and he is a really creative player.
With Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thought to be keen on adding more flair and guile to his ranks at the Emirates, it would be no surprise off Barak was indeed on the Spaniard’s radar.
So West Ham need to make a decision one way or another. Barak would certainly add something different to the current Hammers setup.
He is said to be valued at around €14 million (£12 million) according to TMW.
Whether West Ham or Arsenal will be prepared to pay that kind of fee for Barak, however, remains to be seen.