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Report: West Ham joined by European giants in Tolisso race

Muhammad Nisar

Arsenal and two other clubs have reportedly joined the race for West Ham target Corentin Tolisso.

What’s the story?

According to L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), the Gunners, Juventus and Manchester United all want the midfielder.

During a meeting, Bayern Munich decided they would sell the France international as soon as possible. New manager Julian Nagelsmann has made it clear to the former Lyon man he is not in his plans for next season.

We brought you news of the Irons’ reported interest yesterday. Bild were claiming the ace was available for just £8.5m this summer. Now that claim has been backed up by L’Equipe, who quoted a similar figure.

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West Ham have a challenge on their hands

If David Moyes didn’t know it beforehand, he does now.

West Ham have a challenge on their hands to sign Tolisso as Arsenal and two European giants join the race.

However, while they may be the smallest club out of the quartet, they have a big advantage.

All three of the other teams have a raft of different options at their disposal.

Arsenal were boosted by recent news that Granit Xhaka is set to stay and extend his contract. The Switzerland international will be competing alongside Thomas Partey, Albert Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny for a starting role.

And with no European football, four options is more than enough for Mikel Arteta

Meanwhile, PSG’s signing of Lionel Messi all but rules out their potential move for Paul Pogba. When you consider the Red Devils’ squad, they have five central midfield options should the Frenchman stay.

The same goes for the Old Lady, who seem to collect midfielders like some people collect stamps.

West Ham only have Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Mark Noble at their disposal. You’d imagine at his best, Tolisso would have more than enough to break into the starting XI.

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