Dimitri Payet is worth not a penny less than £50 million, West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has said, but even that might not be enough to prise the France midfielder away from the London club.
Payet, who joined West Ham from Marseille in June last year, scored 12 goals in all competitions in his debut season in England and was instrumental in helping France reach the European Championship final, scoring three times.
His performances for club and country have prompted speculation about a possible move to Chelsea, Manchester City or Paris St Germain, but Gold said West Ham would be reluctant sellers even if someone matched the huge fee.
“We wouldn’t even listen to any offer under £50 million and even then we need to keep our best players so we just don’t welcome any offers at all for Dimitri,” Gold told the BBC.
“He’s instrumental, he’s important to us, the team is built round him and he’s not for sale. He’s settled in London with this family, the fans adore him and we’re going to the Olympic Stadium.
“We’ve done everything we possibly could do. I’m hoping that will be enough (to keep him).”
Payet’s france international team-mate Paul Pogba meanwhile may stay put at Juventus despite talks about the French midfielder’s possible move to England or Spain, his agent Mino Raiola has said.
The 23-year-old Pogba, who played a pivotal role in France’s run to the Euro 2016 final, has been strongly linked with a return to English Premier League club Manchester United with Champions League winners Real Madrid also eyeing him.
However, a fee touted to be around a world record £100 million could see Real priced out of a move for Pogba, according to British media reports.
“There is a lot of talk about Paul’s future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus,” Raiola told The Times.
“He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract. Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.”
Pogba’s contract at Juventus runs until 2019, while Raiola has worked closely with United during the close season as he wrapped up deals for his clients, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.