News that Chicharito is reported to be high on Galatasaray’s list of summer targets turned my thoughts to Maxi Gomez and Valencia.
Let me explain!
According to reports on Saturday Valencia had gone in with a bid of £29 million for the striker on Saturday – an offer matched by West Ham although we were told later the offer was in fact £25 million.
How we all managed to swallow that the fourth placed La Liga team had such financial resources is a bit beyond me because this is the same Valencia who couldn’t raise £10 million for Hernandez in January.
Instead they wanted a loan because the reality is they are cash strapped and in no position to pay more – in football terms – than pennies to strengthen their team for Champions League football.
Reports in Spain since say they in fact offered £10 million for Gomez plus a player – Santa Mina – who left Celta Vigo in 2015 and whom Valencia rate at around £20 million.
Vigo don’t want to play that game as they need cash and immediately reminded the Spanish club, and us, they were looking for close to Gomez’s release clause fee of £43 million.
So the reality is that unless Valencia can raise a very unlikely £43 million it is up to the Hammers to show precisely how serious they are in the much repeated declarations that they want the player.
The ball it seems to me is very much in the West Ham board’s court because analysed it seems the reality is that we are the only club capable of getting close to what Vigo want – we look the only show in town for them
Watch this space!