Manchester United are not willing to part ways with West Ham’s preferred target in a cash plus player deal for Issa Diop, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster report on their website that an initial offer of £45million plus a player from Manchester United was rejected by the club, who are not prepared to listen to any offer under their valuation of the young enforcer.
The national news outlet claim that any potential deal for Diop would include a player swap on top of a cash offer. It was reported late on Monday that the Red Devils were not interested in offering Manuel Pellegrini’s top target as part of the deal.
Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona are both said to be monitoring the 6’3″ defender [Transfermarkt], who has a future ambition to play in the Champions League.
Although this move would no doubt hurt West Ham, it appears the club have been realistic in their approach. The Hammers will know that a move to any of these European giants will appeal massively to Diop, and any potential block put in the way could cause animosity between the two. Should Manchester United want Diop, they must be prepared to part ways with one of their better players. Despite the London club’s desire to keep a hold of their biggest talents, this move could be too good for the defender to turn down, and a top player on top of cash would be a good enough deal for the Hammers. Diop quickly became a mainstay at the London Stadium, and now might be the time to secure as good a deal as possible for the club. An offer of £60m and a player could be too good to turn down but Manuel Pellegrini must make sure the player he would receive would be a good enough option for his squad and not just a failed option from their previous club.