West Ham’s striker situation will be one of the most talked about sagas of the summer, and Correio da Manha are already linking us with FC Porto’s Moussa Marega.
They are suggesting that the 27-year-old’s insane performances in this season’s Champions League have alerted the club, along with Leicester City, to rekindle a previous romance with the centre-forward, despite the Mali international recently renewing his contract.
As part of his latest deal that runs to 2021, the Liga NOS outfit inserted a €40million (£34m) release clause, and triggering that would make Marega their sixth most lucrative export.
At 27 that may not seem like such a bad price to pay for the attacker, as he is starting to hit his prime, as evident in his 17 goals this season – six of which have come from seven games in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, for comparison, only brought his tally for Juventus’ European mission to four.
Along with the interest from England touted by Correio da Manha, they also suggest that several clubs from around Europe are keeping tabs on Mali’s captain, especially those in Italy, although who is not mentioned.
Leicester’s interest may also be ahead of ours, as the Foxes supposedly sent scouts to observe Marega in action when Porto faced Roma last week – the 6 foot 1 forward scored the goal that took the tie to extra time.