Man City join Chelsea in transfer chase for £30m-rated French maestro – but Arsenal drop out


Dimitri Payet (2)

According to reports from The Sun, Manchester City are preparing a £30million transfer bid for West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet.

The France international has proved a revelation since moving to Upton Park in a £10.75million deal last summer, going on to bag six goals and four assists in 18 Premier League appearances whilst averaging the second-most created chances per match, 3.7, of any player in the division.

Arsenal and Chelsea were credited with interest with the 28-year-old earlier this week amid claims his agent had demanded a lucrative £125k per week contract to reward his recent form.

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But according to The Sun, Manchester City are targeting the attacking midfielder as well and would be prepared to pay up to £30million to land him in the summer.

Incoming manager Pep Guardiola is expected to administer a squad overhaul before next season, but he wants players who have proved themselves in the Premier League and Payet fits the bill.

However, the British tabloid also claim that the City link will likely see Arsenal drop out of the race for the Frenchman’s signature. They’re not prepared to enter a bidding war with Premier League rivals over a player who will turn 30 before the end of next season.

But with talks already underway over a new deal at Upton Park – which the Hammers insist has not been imposed upon them by Payet or his agent – a summer move to a top Premier League club still seems unlikely.

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