Atlético Madrid show interest in Dimitri Payet

Various UK media outlets report that Atléti have stepped up interest in West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet. However they'd face strong competition for his signature


Atlético Madrid are working hard this summer to bring in the star signings that will persuade coach Diego Simeone to stay at the club. Apart from a top-class striker, a quality midfielder is also on the Rojoblanco wishlist.

On Tuesday various media outlets in Britain reported that the Vicente Calderon outfit is interested in West Ham’s Dimitri Payet – the player responsible for saving France’s skin last Friday night in their Euro 2016 opener against Romania.

Dimitri Payet of France in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 group A preliminary round match between France and Romania at Stade de France in Saint-Denis

A centre-midfielder, who can also play on either wing, Payet would be a fantastic addition to the Atlético team, and one that could particularly bring out the best of compatriot Antoine Griezmann.

Football's hottest property

However, the problem is that Payet – after his heroics this season at Upton Park, as well the star role he’s already played at Euro 2016is one of football’s hottest properties with a price tag to come with it. West Ham will neither be keen to let him go, recently declaring the player untransferable.