West Ham United star Dimitri Payet could reportedly be available for as little as £15m next summer, sparking the interest of Arsenal and Manchester United.
Both Premier League giants have previously been paired with an interest in the French international, and they will both be alerted by the latest speculation.
According to The Times, Payet has a clause in his contract that would be triggered if the Hammers get relegated this season and he would be available for just £15m.
The report adds that the 29-year-old is the highest paid player in Slaven Bilic’s squad with wages of £125,000-per-week, and so if the club did drop down to the Championship, that would arguably be a luxury that they couldn’t afford to keep.
In turn, both Arsenal and United will likely swoop in that event, but it remains to be seen whether or not West Ham can turn their season around.
The table doesn’t make for good reading for them currently, as they sit in 17th place and remain just a point above the bottom three after 14 games.
Payet’s dip in form has been a huge factor in that drop, with the former Marseille man managing just two goals and seven assists in 15 games so far this season.
Contrast that to last year where he had 15 goals and 17 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions and made West Ham tick, it has been one of the many problems facing Bilic through the opening 14 outings.
Time will tell if he can turn things around and therefore avoid losing Payet for a fee that is way below his current valuation. However, several clubs will undoubtedly be monitoring the situation and will swoop next summer if the reported clause comes into effect.