West Ham United look set to benefit from saying goodbye to one of their players this summer.
According to a report by The Sun, Edimilson Fernandes is set to end his nightmare time at the London Stadium and join FC Mainz for a fee thought to be around £8million. That is great news!
The Switzerland international failed to really establish himself in the side during Slaven Bilic’s tenure and was subsequently used as a bit-part player.
Last season may have seen him put in some impressive performances for Fiorentina whilst out on loan with the Serie A outfit, however, it would have been difficult to see him make an impression in the first-team this time around – although a case could be made for him with their concerns at right-back because of the versatility the midfielder offers.
Hence, as we mentioned, receiving a transfer fee of around £8m for the 23-year-old is a great piece of business and should provide some much-needed cash for Manuel Pellegrini to spend on new additions – provided that money is made available for that reason.
It is thought the Chilean will only have around £30m (per Football.London) to spend on new signings this summer (a far cry from the £100m or so they spent this time last year), although player sales are said to go towards increasing that budget.
As The Sun continued their report, the Hammers are very keen on bringing Barcelona’s Andre Gomes to the London Stadium this summer following an exceptional spell with Everton.
The Portugal international is a player that would have to be regarded as a must-have in east London and one man that could help take them to the next step of their ambitious plans.
Sky Sports recently claimed that the La Liga giants turned down an offer of around £18m for Gomes (that was never going to be enough, was it?), however, with the alleged imminent departure of Fernandes, they could finally be in a position to give Barcelona what they want.
It must be said, the midfielder is not the only player sale that the Irons can do with and a number of others are going to have to be shifted this summer if they are able to address every concern Pellegrini has in his squad.
West Ham fans, who else do you think the club can sell this summer to raise funds for new additions? Let us know below!
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