It’s fair to say that Dimitri Payet has had an amazing year.
He moved to West Ham United from Marseille for £10.7m last summer, and blew the Premier League apart with his talent as the Hammers qualified for the Europa League.
Didier Deschamps recalled him to the France national squad and he repaid the faith, slamming in three goals as France reached the final.
The form has attracted plenty of transfer interest, but West Ham chairman David Sullivan has slapped a £100m fee on Payet’s head, amid interest from Real Madrid.
Inter Milan – who are now backed by new investors – are also interested, but Sullivan seems determined to keep his star man, and could even give him a new contract if he’s still in form at Christmas.
Speaking about Payet possibly leaving, Sullivan said:
He’s under contract. There might be six weeks of silliness when he bangs the table. But if you believe what he says, he wants to stay.
If someone wants to break the world record [for him] we might consider it. Because it’s not then one-sided.
The one-sided deal is if somebody comes in with £30-40million, offers the player double the money he’s on and the player wants to go. We get ripped off. Why should that be the case? We’re not going to stand for it.
We’ve given him a new contract. If he’s still doing what he’s doing now at Christmas or the end of the season we might give him another new contract.
But he’s only just signed a new contract four months ago and I don’t see that a few games for France entitles a new contract after four months
Sullivan, who infamously denied that Manchester United’s team bus had been attacked by West Ham fans before their game at the end of last season, is ready for ‘six weeks of silliness’ in the transfer market, as interest mounts in his star man.
In truth, Sullivan seems like a wimpy kid in a school playground begging the older kids not to take his dinner money, but you can understand why he’s scared of someone taking his prize asset.
£100m is clearly a crazy number for a 29-year-old midfielder, but when you consider that amount is worth two of Raheem Sterling, it sort of makes sense.