We all know that West Ham United are going to be looking to trim their wage bill this summer, but if they think they’re going to get anything for veteran midfielder Carlos Sanchez, they need to think again.
A report from Claret & Hugh on Tuesday stated that the Hammers are looking to sell the Colombian this summer for a fee of £1.5million-£2million.
The club are surely dreaming if they think they can get that much for the 33-year-old. Sanchez is coming off an injury-plagued debut season in east London where he made only eight first team appearances for West Ham since joining from Italian side Fiorentina last summer.
Sp the question is, who is going to want to pay money for a past-his-best defensive midfielder who is coming off a serious injury and little first team football? Plus, Sanchez was in poor form even when he was fit this campaign.
The veteran midfielder, on a reported £50,000-per-week at the club [Source: Spotrac], left his peak years a long time ago, and visibly struggled to make an impact after moving to the London Stadium.
But yet the Hammers think they can demand £1.5million-£2million for him. That’s just ludicrous. Seriously, who is going to pay that for the player Sanchez is now?
If the club really want to offload him this summer then surely they would have to agree to a sub-£1million fee, or simply release him from his contract.
However, it’s far more likely that they’ll try and sell him for the amount they want, fail, and then agree to keep him around for the remaining year on his contract.
That’s surely what will happen, because no one is likely to pay the money they want for Sanchez. They need to give their head a wobble if they think they can command that kind of fee.