The Daily Mirror has reported that a £20 million fee will apparently be good enough to poach Aaron Cresswell away from Upton Park and into the clutches of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Creswell has been superb in his first season with the Hammers and with Filipe Luis tipped to head back to Atletico Madrid after a frustrating season, by the same paper, Creswell is reportedly the man who has been identified to replace him.
It seems like a no-brainer in the respect that Chelsea are playing in Europe, Jose Mourinho is a more sophisticated manager than Sam Allardyce and he could earn more money as a result.
However, it’s not the best move for him for a number of reasons, starting with the argument that he’s likely to play much more if he stays part of the squad at Upton Park.
Although Cesar Azpilicueta is a right-back, his performances at left-back, Cresswell’s position, have been so good that it’s made it virtually impossible for Luis to have any impact at Stamford Bridge.
Luis is a defender that Chelsea paid £16 million for, according to the Daily Mail, after he’d won a La Liga title with Atletico Madrid, narrowly missing out on Champions League success.
It demonstrates the high standards and the quality Creswell would experience and at 25-years-old, he’s at a stage of his career where he needs to be playing week in and week out.
Chelsea are a team who have thrown cash at transfers in the past, only for players to come into the squad and not really play any significant role in the first team.
If he stays at West Ham then he has the chance to be part of something special with the move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/2017 season and the possibility of a new manager for next season, both things which could help advance his game.
He’s just got to show that little bit of loyalty which can go a long way.