West Ham United wing-back Arthur Masuaku could be the subject of intense speculation before the transfer window closes next week, with several big European clubs reportedly interested in securing his services, according Tutto Mercato Web.
The Italian publication suggests that Manchester United, AS Roma and AS Monaco could be prepared to make a â‚¬20 million (Â£17.4 million) bid to prize the Hammers 24-year-old away from the London Stadium before the end of the month.
Masuaku has put in a number of eye-catching performances for West Ham so far this season, showing tremendous energy and athleticism to impress in attack and in defence as a left-wing back.
He has been one of the Hammers players to have benefitted from the arrival of new Irons boss David Moyes.
The former-France youth international has exceptional talent with the ball at his feet but he has flourished with the added defensive solidity that the Scot has introduced to West Ham since taking over from Slaven Bilic in November.
The steel and organisation of those around him has provided a licence to showcase his attacking prowess in more advanced areas and the London club have reaped the rewards.
West Ham signed Masuaku from Greek outfit Olympiakos in August 2016 for Â£6.2m and despite any deal likely to bring a significant profit, Moyes would not wish to sell one of their most important men at such a crucial juncture in their campaign.
The Irons have performed magnificently to pull away from the drop-zone in recent weeks and will be looking to guard against being sucked back into a relegation dog fight for the remainder of the season by keeping their star players.
However, alarm bells will be ringing at the London Stadium at any interest shown by AS Roma. The West Ham playerâ€™s agent appeared to suggest that Masuaku would jump at the chance to move to Italy in an interview given to an Italian media outlet as recently as November last year.
The club currently hold all of the aces and are under no immediate pressure to sell, with the player still having another two and a half years left on a contract set to run until August 2020 but should he wish to leave and considering the limited time remaining in the window, West Ham officials may be handed a difficult dilemma.
Hammers fans will be hoping that they can hold on to their key man ahead of next week’s crucial deadline.