Ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has upped the stakes in the Dimitri Payet transfer saga enormously by arranging for the Chinese super league club Hebei China Fortune that he now manages to offer Payet an 'insane' deal. The terms of which are off the scale, £500,000 per week on a three year deal! That equates to over £75 Million, and will be a test for his home sickness, it will also be a test for other parties involved, particularly Payet's agent and also West Ham's hierarchy. Imagine how Jacques-Olivier Auguste, Payet's agent, feels at the moment? His client apparently wants a move back to Marseille that might generate between £20-30 Million, but on reduced wages! Sacre bleue, Auguste could miss out on at least £15 Million over three years, that is 'pogba-esque' in agents fees! So does he do as his client says, or does he do what he wants his client to be saying once he has clearly outlined the consequences to him? Then there is the West Ham United hierarchy, to say there collective noses have been put out of joint by Payet's refusal to play for the club in order to force through a transfer would be an understatement. Anger, sadness, remorse, loss, fury and bewilderment must be high on their agenda, could they have seen this coming and if so could they have done anything differently? Irrespective of the fact that 'marquee' signings did not arrive, it is hard to blame the board and the manger for broken promises, sometimes things just don't work out the way they were planned. Perhaps on reflection Dimitri Payet was over indulged by the club, and shown too much favour, but if there is blame to lay it has to be with the player himself. Slaven Billic may have been slightly naive in building his team around Payet, he would have anticipated that the player's head could be turned, especially given his World Cup performances for France, but the West Ham manager would have been thinking OK next summer his mercurial frenchman might be on his way, but Billic would never have envisaged Payet's "I'm on strike" stance to happen so quickly, although with hindsight, which is a wonderful thing to have retrospectively, Payet's body language and general malaise was clearly there for all to see, his performances representing merely a cameo of the player he was twelve months ago.
If West Ham had sold Payet at the beginning of the season they might have got big bucks for him, but there would have been uproar from the fans, total pandemonium, vitriol and bile would have been hurled in the direction of 'the money grabbing porn kings' or words to that effect, and everyone and his dog would be saying "told you so!". West Ham United are not rich enough to 'park' Payet for six months, their initial 'he is not for sale' stance was admirable, but also very school boy, Payet will go, it is just a question for how much? and you can guarantee that West Ham will hold out for the very best amount they can get!
Essentially the board and the manager are jammed between a rock and a hard place, dealing with a situation not of their making, but at least they didn't instigate the transfer request themselves, or did they? - Ed