West Ham club-record deal for Bryan Cristante this summer seems unlikely

According to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, via The Sun, West Ham United are one of four Premier League clubs interested in bringing midfielder Bryan Cristante to England this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Bryan Cristante scores for Atalanta against Everton

Well, Tuttosport, via The Sun, report that the Italy international, who is currently on loan at Serie A side Atalanta from Benfica, is attracting interest from the Irons, Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford ahead of a potential summer move, with Juventus and AC Milan also potentially keen on him.

Tuttosport, via The Sun, says that Atalanta are likely to take up an option to sign the 23-year-old for just £2m at the end of the season, but they could then look to sell him for €30m (£26.8m) in the summer while they have an opportunity to make a huge profit on the Italy international.

How well has Cristante done this season?

He has been excellent, and established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe this term.

The 23-year-old midfielder – who can play in a central or more attacking role – has scored 10 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for Atalanta, helping them reach the last 32 of the Europa League where they narrowly knocked out by Borussia Dortmund.

The 6ft 1in player has shown how effective he can be at both ends of the pitch this term, and according to WhoScored.com he has won 59 tackles in 32 appearances in Europe and Serie A, while he has won 79 aerial duels, successfully completed 35 of the 58 dribbles he has attempted and made 35 key passes.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, yes.

Irons manager David Moyes was desperate to bring a new midfielder to the club during the January transfer window but failed to do so, and Cristante would be an attractive addition for the midfield shake-up that the Scottish boss wants given his versatility and the fact that he is equally adept playing a defensive role in the middle of the park as he is playing a more advanced one.

Will they sign him?

The list of clubs they potentially face competition from and the fact that they would have to pay a club-record fee for the Italian appears to make a deal unlikely, and West Ham certainly can’t afford to make any decisions on potential summer transfers until they have secured their Premier League status for another year.