Paper Talk: West Ham put record fee on Diop as Man Utd swap bid fails

Date published: Wednesday 19th June 2019 8:19

Manchester United have seen efforts to swap a player for Issa Diop fail with West Ham demanding an eye-watering fee instead, while Arsenal are set to swoop for a Celtic defender, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United have been told they will have to pay a world-record equalling fee of £75m if they want to sign Issa Diop from West Ham this summer.

United have turned to former Toulouse defender Diop this summer after seemingly being priced out of deals to sign Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly, who will both cost £80m plus.

But it seems Diop won’t come much cheaper with the Daily Mirror claiming the Hammers have told United to stump up the same fee Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

On Tuesday it emerged that the Hammers had already rejected an offer of £40m plus a player, with conflicting reports struggling to identify the player involved. The Mirror reckons the player in question is Diop’s fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial, 23, while The Sun claims it is defender Phil Jones, who has been offered to the Hammers.

Either way, West Ham are said to have rejected United’s efforts to swap a player for Diop, with the Hammers adamant the centre-half will only leave if they receive £75m for the 22-year-old.


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