Speaking recently on The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee discussed interest in West Ham United centre-back Fabian Balbuena.
Since joining West Ham from Corinthians in what was a £3.6 million deal back in the summer of 2018, Balbuena has so far gone on to feature 59 times for the club, chipping in with three goals along the way.
However, so far this season, the £7.2 million-rated 29-year-old has found game time hard to come by under David Moyes, with the Paraguay international having not featured in the league since December of last year.
And, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season and there being, as yet, no offer of a new deal from the east London side, ExWHUemployee, speaking on a recent episode of The West Ham Way podcast, revealed that Balbuena has received a number of offers which could see him depart the Hammers this summer.
He said: “Fabian Balbuena has still yet to sign a new contract with us and has had a number of offers submitted to him, including one from Brazil, which is where he was before he joined West Ham; one in Spain as well, maybe two in Spain. So, he’s got some offers. I’ll be interested to see if he signs for them or if we offer him a new deal.
“I don’t think they’ve made a complete decision on it as yet.”
Should West Ham let Balbuena go this summer?
TIF Thoughts on ExWHUemployee’s comments regarding Fabian Balbuena…
Considering the fact that all three of Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and have highly impressed at centre-back for West Ham so far this season, in addition to the fact that David Moyes also has Issa Diop as an option in the position, it could easily be argued that extending Balbuena’s contract beyond the end of the season would not make a great deal of sense for West Ham, particularly as the 29-year-old is struggling to get into the team at present.
In addition to this, letting Balbuena leave east London would also free up £40k per week in the club’s wage budget, an amount of money that could be offered to a potential new signing, or to offer one of the club’s current stars a wage rise, something that, in our opinion, would be much more valuable than keeping the centre-back on another year.