Manuel Lanzini could leave West Ham in favour of River Plate return


West Ham United attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini could soon open talks over a return to River Plate this summer, according to La Pagina Millonaria.

The Argentinian media outlet suggests that the 29-year-old has been fuelling rumours of a return to his homeland after he met with the club’s vice-president Matian Patanian after the Irons’ 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

Lanzini’s agent, Hernan Berman, supposedly has close ties with River Plate and could make big moves to get the deal done if that is what his client wishes.

The report claims that Lanzini is often rumoured with a return to his former club having previously played for them before he moved to Europe.

These latest rumours seem more concrete however although a deal is reportedly difficult for the South American side this summer.

No big disaster

David Moyes probably wants to keep Lanzini around for much longer thanks to his versatility in the midfield and ability to produce that moment of magic when it’s most needed.

But at 29 years of age, the chances are he doesn’t have too much time left at his very best and maybe this could open the door for the Hammers to get some reinvestment back from their purchase.

West Ham have players who already do the same kind of thing as Lanzini does with Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Nikola Vlasic all contracted to the club.

There is an argument to suggest these players are more likely to fire the Irons onto the next level but even if they don’t Lanzini certainly isn’t and if they have real hopes of becoming European regulars, they need to do better than the Argentine.

In other West Ham news, reports claim that the Irons won’t open transfer talks with this English defender in the summer.

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