Italians urged to spend new-found wealth on huge Payet swoop

Date published: Wednesday 29th June 2016 8:09 - James Marshment

Dimitri Payet: Value has soared since joining Hammers

Inter Milan have been urged to spend a large chunk of their new investment money by meeting West Ham’s over-inflated £60million valuation of Dimitri Payet.

That is according to the club’s honorary president Massimo Moratti, who think they should make the signing of the France playmaker their top priority this summer if they want to get back among the elite in Serie A and Europe.

Payet has lit up Euro 2016 after a superb debut season with the Hammers, scoring in both of Les Bleus’ opening two matches.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, where compatriot Zinedine Zidane is in charge, despite only signing a new five-year deal.

The Hammers have also valued the player at £60million in a bid to put off potential buyers, but after fresh investment at San Siro – with the Nerazzurri passing into the hands of China’s Suning Commerce Group – Moratti has urged the club to make key reinforcements to the playing staff this summer.



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“As a fan, I would love to see Payet in an Inter shirt. However, the great champions are currently elusive, you have to be lucky enough to find the right opportunity.

“We are missing 2-3 players to be competitive. The important thing is to have solid players that ensure continuity.”

On the club’s takeover, Moratti declared: “My feeling is good for the new group, it seems to me that with [Erick] Thohir there are positives.

“We have to work a lot and we will have some satisfaction.”

The Suning Commerce Group have completed their purchase of a majority stake in Inter, taking 68.55% of the Italian club.

They have pumped £200million into the club’s coffers, with an £117million increase in capital and an £83million loan.

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