Dimitri Payet is one of the Premier League's most entertaining new stars. And Barcelona might be taking note.
According to a report from newspaper Daily Star, the Catalan giants are monitoring the West Ham United playmaker, who has established himself as one of the English league's best performers, thanks in (big) part to his breathtaking free-kicks. The Frenchman's sensational season has earned him a spot in the national team squad for the Euros, and he is the main star on the Hammers' surprising Premiership campaign.
Payet is 29 years old and is a late bloomer, which doesn't give him many years to stay at the peak of his powers. If the Barça interest is indeed a reality, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him leaving to play at the world's best team to enjoy some high-level success before his inevitable decline.
The problem with such a great player is his price tag: West Ham have reportedly set their asking price at €50 million, a hefty sum for a player of his age. But if Payet is to leave, the London side would certainly want a big fee in return, one the Blaugranes wouldn't be likely to pay even if they are interested.
However, if this deal ever happened, Payet would fit nicely as a super-sub and backup to the 'MSN' trio, and his playmaking abilities can also make him a competent midfielder.
But this is from the Daily Star, and you should most likely take with a grain of salt. But we have seen Luis Enrique sign overpriced 29-year-old French players (Mathieu) in the past. Who knows.