West Ham United joint-chairman David Sullivan has warned that Dimitri Payet will not be sold unless someone is prepared to pay around £100 million, according to a report by The Sun.
The La Liga giants have been linked with a £40 million move for the France international, but it’s clear that won’t be enough to tempt Sullivan into selling his playmaker.
“We’re not selling him unless someone wants to break the world transfer record and then we might consider it. Even at his age he must be worth £100 million”, Sullivan said.
The 29-year-old Payet only joined the Hammers in the summer of 2015, in a £12.8 million deal from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille. He proved to be an instant sensation, providing 12 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for West Ham, who finished 7th last season and will play in the Europa League.
In addition, Payet scored three goals for France at Euro 2016, including a stunning late screamer in Les Bleus’ win against Romania, further increasing his market value.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid rejected an offer of £66.7 million for Alvaro Morata before deciding to keep the striker at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to a report by Goal.
Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez was in Madrid last week to try and close a deal for his client, but Chelsea’s initial offer of £51 million was not deemed sufficient by Los Blancos.
Now, an improved bid has been rejected too, but it’s unclear if it came from Chelsea, that other heavily linked Premier League club, Arsenal, or another European top cub.