West Ham will struggle to get any deal for Santiago Ascacibar over the line, despite their interest, according to ExWHUEmployee.
His first recent update was that the Hammers could be unable to afford the Argentinian with their current budget.
The West Ham insider has since followed that up with a post reporting that West Ham would need to offload a squad player to get the 22-year-old, as that would be the only way to fit everyone into the 25-man squad.
Ascacibar started 27 Bundesliga games for Stuttgart last season, making an impressive defensive contribution of 2.9 tackles – which was only bettered by Daniel Caligiuri and Nuri Sahin in the league – 1.6 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game, as per WhoScored.
He was also the player to pick up the most cards in the Bundesliga, receiving 10 yellows and one red throughout the campaign.
The Argentinian made 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game, while completing 80.7% of the 40.4 passes he made per game.
Carlos Sanchez is an example of a squad player West Ham may try to offload in order to bring Ascacibar in, as the Colombian only managed two Premier League starts and five substitute appearances last season – though that was largely down to injury (as shown on Transfermarkt).
In the games he did play, Sanchez averaged 0.6 tackles, 0.1 interceptions and 0.7 clearances, while making 0.3 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game.
He didn’t get on the ball much, averaging 20.4 passes per game, though he did have an impressive pass success rate of 88.8%. He also did not pick up any cards.
The pass success rate and card situation are the only areas in which Sanchez came out on top, with it being clear to see that Ascacibar had a far greater impact on games during the 2018/19 campaign. And while this influence could fall slightly as he adapts to the Premier League, the Argentinian would certainly still be a big upgrade.
If the finances allow, West Ham should sacrifice a squad player to bring in Ascacibar as he would be a brilliant option to have in midfield.
Sanchez would be the most likely candidate to leave as the two players operate in the same position, but Winston Reid could be another option after he failed to make a single appearance last season.
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