This is a shame, but it’s systematic of West Ham’s current transfer policy. They seem to be intent on low-balling teams, sending in unrealistic offers in the hope of bullying teams down to a more desirable price. However, that simply isn’t going to work in this instance. Barcelona will be aware that Marco Silva’s team are also in for Gomes, and so they’re not going to accept a measly offer of £18million or £21million for a player of his calibre when there’s another side interested as well. West Ham haven’t played this well at all and they’re likely going to end up missing out on the Portuguese star as a result. It would be understandable if the player himself wants to return to happy confines on Merseyside, as opposed to a whole new environment in London. His desire to move to the London Stadium won’t be helped, either, by a feeling that ‘well they can’t want me that much if they aren’t prepared to pay what it takes’.