The complex Manuel Lanzini contract situation explained as an insider makes a £10m January deal claim about West Ham United.
There has been frequent speculation over Lanzini’s West Ham future in recent seasons.
Lanzini does not see too much action at West Ham these days with his appearances generally reserved for Europe.
The Argentine midfield ace put in an impressive performance – albeit against vastly inferior opposition – and scored the winning goal in West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Silkeborg on Thursday night.
David Moyes now uses the former playmaker in a deeper midfield role to help link West Ham’s play.
The 29-year-old will likely be back on the bench for West Ham’s Premier League clash at Man United, though.
Lanzini has made 215 appearfoances for West Ham since joining in the 2015-16 season, scoring 32 goals.
But he has been linked with a return to boyhood club River Plate and Turkey when his contract expires at the end of the season. Things are a bit more complicated than that, though.
The complex Lanzini contract situation is explained as an insider makes a £10m January deal claim about West Ham.
According to a claim from Football Insider this weekend, West Ham will listen to offers of £10m for Lanzini in January.
But as confirmed when he signed his new £100k per week deal back in 2019, West Ham hold an option to extend that deal for a further two years.
Usually a player out of contract in the summer would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer with a foreign club from the January.
But this is a much more complicated situation if, as we are led to believe, West Ham want to make money should Lanzini depart.
West Ham taking up their two-year extension option is not a straightforward decision. On £100k per week – £4.8m per year – that would mean committing another £9.6m in wages alone to a player who already rarely features.
But on the flip side are West Ham really going to find a club willing to pay a similar amount to buy Lanzini in January knowing they could get him for free a few months later.
What we do know is that Moyes has made it clear he likes having Lanzini around (Football.London).
It seems a decision will have to be made – probably during the World Cup break – on what West Ham and Lanzini are going to do.
If West Ham want to get money for the ‘little jewel’ then they will have to play some poker by bluffing interested clubs into thinking they are willing to commit £10m themselves to extending his stay.