Spanish newspaper Marca have claimed that defender Guillermo Maripan can join West Ham United this summer, but only if the Hammers match his £21.5million price tag.
Maripan, 25, has long been linked with the Hammers but the east Londoners were previously linked at a fee of around £10million. It now appears the Hammers will have to much more.
The 13-time Chile international has been in excellent form for La Liga side Alaves, helping them keep six clean sheets in 23 La Liga appearances. He has also scored against Real Betis and Villarreal.
The Hammers do have options at centre-back in Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid, but the latter has not played this season and Ogbonna is continuously linked with a return to Italy.
The most recent report claims that West Ham will have to meet Maripan’s release clause worth £21.5million, but that other Premier League sides are also becoming interested.
Yes, Maripan is a top defender and is certainly enjoying his best season in professional football. But at £21.5million, he is an expensive risk given he has only ever played 42 La Liga matches.
The Hammers need to convince Alaves to sell for a figure closer to the original £10million price, or simply look elsewhere. There are much better options in the market for £21.5million.