Reports from Torino Granata earlier this week gave West Ham United a huge boost in the race to sign Nikola Maksimovic, with Inter Milan reluctant to respond to SSC defender Napoli’s demands for a possible summer transfer .
Maksimovic is set to leave the Diego Armando Maradona stadium at the end of the season as the Serbian’s chances of signing a new contract with Gennaro Gattuso’s side are almost nil.
But Inter are increasingly cold about a free transfer from the in-demand center-back as they estimate his demand for a € 2.5million contract for the season (41.5kp / sem) is too high.
Should West Ham accept Maksimovic’s wage demands?
Yes it would be perfect
No he’s not good enough
The Nerazzurri are also evaluating alternate options to bolster Antonio Conte’s backline in the offseason, with ex-Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi and Real Betis titan Aissa Mandi under consideration.
Inter are yet to fully withdraw from the race to sign Maksimovic and may schedule a further meeting with their agent, Fali Ramadani, after recently speaking with the executor’s representative valued at £ 11million .
But the cold feet of the San Siro natives opened the door for a rival suitor, with Maksimovic supposedly on the radar of a multitude of European clubs, including West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.
FC Porto, AS Roma and ACF Fiorentina are also listed as potential destinations for the 29-year-old, who, according to recent reports in Spain, announced he would seal a summer move to the London stadium because David Moyes is a huge fan of the £. Enforcer 38k-p / w.
Rumors are now emerging in Italy that Inter are cold-eyed to award Maksimovic a contract that would see him earn a little more than the £ 40,000 p / w the Irons are currently paying summer free agent Fabian Balbuena will be seen as a huge boost to Moyes’ pursuit.
Clearly, however, West Ham have some hurdles in the way to get Maksimovic to sign on the dotted line, which David Sullivan should strive to overcome to give Moyes the extra depth he claims to be after.
The Hammers also sued Maksimovic last summer, but Sullivan and Moyes were denied services from the 25-cap international, with talkSPORT claiming that a £ 14million offer was rejected and Calciomercato.it later suggesting that Napoli had snubbed an improved offer of € 25million (£ 21.5million).
Sullivan and Moyes landing their man this year can see West Ham acquire a defender who has already been compared to compatriot Nemanja Vidic, as 6-foot-4 Maksimovic is a real powerful defender like great Manchester United.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti also described Maksimovic as a “complete” defender who “had no problems” during his tenure at the helm of Napoli, and could yet emerge as another rival contender afterwards. ask Ramadani for information on his situation.
But with Balbuena apparently set to exit the London stadium and Moyes has said he wants additional options for the seniors alongside Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Craig Dawson – whom the Irons have confirmed to have triggered a buyout clause of £ 2million – Sullivan is expected to put a lot of effort into making sure Maksimovic wears burgundy and blue next season.
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