Inter Milan are looking to make the most of their new cash injection by launching a bid for West Ham star Dimitri Payet, according to reports.
According to the Daily Mail, the Nerazzurri are weighing up a £38million bid for the Euro 2016 star as they look to get back into the Champions League.
Inter recently received what is believed to be an investment of £220million from Chinese company Suning Commerce Group, and they are also weighing up a move for Alex Teixeira, owned by Jiangsu Suning.
Payet joined from Marseille last summer and notched nine goals and added a further 12 assists in the Premier League last season.
West Ham co-owner David Gold admitted last week that Payet is a player who could play for elite clubs, though manager Slaven Bilic underlined the France international’s commitment to the club on Thursday.
“We’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season,” Gold told The Sun.
“We want to improve our squad and Dimitri is an integral part of what we’re trying to do. But we also must be realistic. If Barcelona or Real Madrid made a bid and he wanted to move there, it would be difficult to keep him.”
France and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane spoke of his admiration for the player last month, perhaps also dropping a hint that he is interested in bringing him to the Bernabeu.
“It is a great story – he (Payet) has always always had talent, but now at 29 he is getting the respect he deserves.
“There is so much pressure on young players to perform on the biggest stage, Dimitri has shown things don’t always have to happen early.
“From a coaches perspective he is everything you look for in an attacking midfield player.
“He can score goals, he can create goals, he has real quality from set pieces. Any club would want him, he is improving all the time.”