Chelsea are considering making a move for unsettled West Ham United star Dimitri Payet, according to The Sun.
What’s the word?
After West Ham manager Slaven Bilic revealed publicly on Thursday that Payet wants to leave and has refused to play another game for the club, questions have been raised over the Frenchman’s potential destination.
The Telegraph reports that the playmaker’s former club Marseille are interested in re-signing him, but they were unsuccessful in a £20m bid.
Now, reports The Sun, Chelsea are considering using the £60m that they received for selling Oscar to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG to swoop for Payet.
The publication claims that manager Antonio Conte has switched his attention to the 29-year-old after the Blues were knocked back by Bayern Munich in their attempts to sign Arturo Vidal.
Would Payet make the move across London?
From a football perspective, playing in Conte’s team alongside the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa would be an exciting prospect for Payet.
The Frenchman has shown his flair and skill over the past season and a half, producing 18 assists and scoring 11 goals in the Premier League.
Payet has already expressed a desire to leave West Ham, but the issue could be down to where he wants to live.
If Marseille’s interest is to be believed then the talented player may opt to return to his homeland.
For Chelsea, though, they need to fill the gaps left by Oscar and John Obi Mikel, and signing a player of Payet’s quality would boost their title chances.