Felipe Anderson is in Real Madrid’s sights if the European champions fail to land their top target, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to Sky Sports.
They report that Real have seen a £60m bid for the Belgian superstar turned down already, with the Blues holding out for a fee double that, despite the fact that Hazard’s contract expires in 2020 and he shows no sign of extending.
But the transfer ban in place at Stamford Bridge may serve to strengthen Chelsea’s resolve in keeping the player around whom all their good attacking play revolves.
That has apparently caused Madrid to turn to Anderson, in a deal worth around £65m, just one year after he joined the Hammers in a club-record deal.
And Anderson isn’t the only West Ham attacker to have been linked with a move away by Sky Sports of late. In January, they reported that Marko Arnautovic was free to leave the club if any potential suitor stumped up £50m.
On the one hand, that leaves Manuel Pellegrini needing to replace two of his most senior attackers, after a season of genuine progress at the London Stadium.
But the Chilean would have a reported £115m with which to refresh his frontline, and with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kasper Dolberg and Andrea Belotti out there this summer, that could be exciting as well.
In reality, West Ham should do all they can to keep Anderson, while Arnautovic’s flirtation with China and advancing years should tempt Pellegrini to sell if he can get £50m.
But worse case scenario, they lose both, but have a small fortune with which to mould a brand-new, exciting attack.