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Lanzini blow raises Mario problem

West Ham’s hopes of signing Mario as a loan replacement for Manu Lanzini have been hit by Inter Milan’s determination to raise cash for their midfielder from a permanent deal.

The Italian’s have quoted a price of £25 million transfer fee for last season’s loan signing and are as keen to get him off the books as he is to leave Serie A.

Speaking to Gazzetto Dello Sport Nario made his feeling quite clear on a possible return saying: ““I will not go back to Inter, the truth is that I don’t like Serie A. I don’t want to try again.

“I don’t have the necessary motivation, it’s an experience that’s over, no doubt. I’m not angry, I’m taking stock of the year and a half I spent in Milan. The idea is clear: I will not go back.”

Lanzini looks unlikely to feature for the Irons next season after rupturing a cruciate ligament in his right leg whilst training with the Argentine national team.

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The Hammers are in touch with the Argentinian medics to discover the full extent of the injury but the signs currently look pretty bad.

Now Manuel Pellegrini will need to decide on whether to move for Mario at as good a price as he can get or or whether he has a replacement available from among his on network of contacts

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15 comments on “Lanzini blow raises Mario problem

  1. surely if we can get shaqiri on the keep, we have to do it now.

    if 12 million is correct, thats a steal, not the same as Lanzini i know, but at least it wont eat in to our transfer funds as much.

    We still need 4 or 5 decent players as well.

  2. No Brainer… Sign Mario for £20-£25mill NOW. the way this market is at the moment, he could be worth double that after the World Cup!

    Colejames – I agree, Shaqiri should be realistic target and for 12mill, I would say that is a bargain


    Up the Irons

    • Agree& might could even get for less try £18m like Pastore tho think bc age & had played with oa better option then Pastore & wants the move. Pastore agent is drumming up business I think.
      Mario has been AM for us CM & winger was our top Creator in this mkt paying £20m for him isn’t bad. But if has good WC goes up. Right now we are in pole position to get him.
      And with Inter need to offload bc FPP day go in w 16-18m to start see if that accept imagine be easy to agree terms w Mario.

  3. Yet another player crocked by international football . Wrecked in training . Unbelievable .
    Lanzini would be badly missed if the news is true . Don’t see Mario as a replacement though . Carroll , Ashton and a few others have all been injured on International duty . Some never to fully recover . Makes me wonder if International football is really worth it .
    But , of course it is ; National pride is always a banner to rally under .. its just that it’s a shame players get injured with big tournaments in between league seasons . Somehow West Ham United always draw the short straw . Well , that’s how it seems to me . What with injuries and World Cup and summer transfers the various clubs have a lot of work on Thier hands to build a decent squad . Hopefully we can build if the Board inject the cash they promised and also back Pellegrini .

  4. Why is it every time he joins Argentina he comes back with a serious injury. Does the club receive compensation.
    As for who to replace him, Mario is an option but I understand there are at least a couple of other midfielders in the frame. But let’s move quickly because we cannot afford to start the season without creative mid-fielder cover.

  5. The club should sign Mario asap anyway……..regardless of the news of Lanzini’s injury

    • Agree good for us prefer over Pastore & wants move. Versatile too can play AM CM & wing. Ews very good for us & w preseason & more possession be even better imo.
      Makes those quick one touch passes was out top creator for 2018. Is different from Lanzini not as fast but links up well with most & great passing

  6. A cheap shaqiri is a good option, but can Mario do the same job? I’m not sure. Lanzini’s injury means people like Marcus Browne and Holland could have more chance during this coming season than before.

    • I hope Holland & Browne get a chance but think should sign Mario anyway bc was good for us.
      Shaqiri can play #10 too I think Felipe who I’d like to have be one to cut off quicker bc him & Shaq both RW. Tho can cover AM.
      Mario can play AM CM & on wings & we could get him for sane amount as Pastore who doesn’t want move think his agent is just drumming up business.
      Be best if Boars added to kitty In light of Lanzini injury which has been a worry for me for a while w his knee. Squad is already so thin & only have fee players worth more then £20m that really need to keep.
      Unless going to hope Snodgrass comes good for us then we need to also find some smart loans.
      Also be fine with Mario Obligation loan maybe give them £4-5m for fee have come off that next season so pay £20m at end if next season. Be happy with that

  7. Right 25mil for Mario is fair so what’s the problem…I mean it’s an easy decision with manny out so come on what’s the problem..if they can’t tie this straight forward one up what chance have they got with Anderson … I’m sorry it’s early I know but it’s happening again Sullivan just will not spend decent money….

    • In this mkt I think so and w Inter need to offload bc FPP might can offer £18m & get him worth a bid. I’d even be fine w Obligation to buy if just want wages off .
      Think we just wanted to loan bc we need so many more players. But look at Rafinha link now & he is £10m more. Mario been decent AM & isn’t Lanzini bc pace but his passing & creating is top notch

  8. What about this Pavon guy? He looks pretty decent and I think I read somewhere he is priced between £12-17m. Hugh can you clarify at all?

  9. Perhaps our manager doesn’t want Mario. He’s hardly a replacement for Manu. A new creative midfielder has now become our priority and it will cost money previously allocated to other positions. Suddenly Wilshire looks a lot more tempting.

    • You might be right Mooro, Obiang is back next season so he may think the two are quite similar although Mario is better with the ball, I think we should sit tight with Mario wait until end of window and buy at a price we can afford then, we have to get Pellegrini’s main targets first and see what’s left in the kitty.

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