No single player at Euro 2016 has been fitter or more clutch than France’s Dimitri Payet, the West Ham United striker who’s twice led Les Bleus to victory with two spectacular finishes in the host nation’s pair of matches thus far.
Prior to this year’s tournament, the Premier League’s Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain were all “sniffing” around Payet after he helped the Hammers climb from 12th place in 2015 to seventh in his first term in East London, according to The Sun.
All three clubs, but City and PSG in particular, are known for shelling out exorbitant fees to land quickly rising players like Payet, though his age, 29, a recent contract extension that runs until 2021, and the Hammers' newfound wealth could make a potential deal quite difficult. Even for these three free-spending clubs.
Behind Payet’s nine goals and 12 assists over 29 matches, the Hammers wrapped up their best Premier League campaign since 2002 and now have the funds to bring the Frenchmen another star. West Ham will receive roughly £85 million in television revenue and could parlay that into a hefty haul this summer.
The Hammers will also move into the new cozy confines of Olympic Stadium, which may be difficult to fill up without their best player.
Furthermore, West Ham already doubled down and showed great faith in Payet, despite his advanced age, by rewarding him with a £125,000-a-week wage halfway through the recent term. That deal was only a few months removed from handing Marseille a sizeable £12 million fee for Payet’s services.
Yet given Payet’s performances for France, almost singlehandedly erasing the early poor form of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, Chelsea, PSG, and City could all seriously consider what The Sun valued as a potential £35 million fee.
West Ham ownership is reportedly keen on building off of last term’s accomplishments and insist Payet isn’t up for sale.
Still, Chelsea and City have reputations to redeem after poor results last term and have overspent before to defend them. Reports have surfaced that the Bleus are open to a £31 million deal for 22-year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi and another £20 million for Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante.
PSG, meanwhile, are seeking a replacement for Manchester United-bound Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 34-year-old Swede’s departure will open up considerable funds for the Red and Blue to perhaps overpay for Payet and keep their Ligue 1 title streak alive.