In Focus: Chelsea eye move for West Ham star; Irons will refuse to sell him

According to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea target Michail Antonio will not be allowed to leave West Ham United this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, reports in The Times on Friday suggested that the winger is keen to leave the London Stadium this summer after his relationship with the board has broken down.

He is said to be unhappy to be on a significantly lower wage than January transfer window arrivals Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte and even though he is to set to be offered a new £70,000-a-week deal but the club, the England international still wants out.

The 26-year-old is also frustrated at how the club dealt with him hamstring injury that looks set to keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.

The Blues are said to have had an interest in Antonio in January and they could reignite that interest this summer.

Where would he fit in at Chelsea?

Having played at right-back and on the right wing for West Ham this season – scoring nine Premier League goals – he would certainly fit in on the right side of the 3-4-3 formation that has proved to be so successful for Antonio Conte.

He would provide competition for Victor Moses but he would certainly need to improve the defensive side of his game – in which the Nigeria international has excelled for the Blues – if he was to break into the first team.

Will West Ham be tempted to let him go?

The simple answer is no because he has shown that he is a key player.

With five years left on his current Irons deal the club will know that they are in a strong position to keep one of their star men, whether he wants to leave or not.

What’s the verdict, then?

While West Ham hold most of the cards, if the player has had his head turned and isn’t fully committed to continuing with Slaven Bilic’s side then they could choose to cash in on him – provided they receive a satisfactory bid from interested parties.