L’Équipe claim that contrary to reporting in England and France, Premier League side Manchester United haven’t actually tested West Ham United’s resolve with a formal offer for 22-year-old French defender Issa Diop, despite incessant contacts between the Red Devils and the player’s entourage.
Nor have there been formal discussions taking place between the two clubs – the outlet claims that this is about to change and United’s 1st formal bid should land on the Hammers’ table in the coming days.
The newspaper claims that West Ham’s position is that they do not want to sell Diop, but the door is ajar – as a result, MU will have to make a big effort, with it difficult to see their opening offer being worth less than €50m.
Diop himself has not earmarked this summer as an absolute must in terms of a departure from West Ham, but Manchester United’s interest will certainly make that position a little more tricky to internally justify.
However, the French youth international has decided that whatever happens, he will not force a move away from West Ham this summer, who believed in him to sign him from Toulouse last summer.