Isaac Hayden has all but confirmed that he will be leaving the club this summer, but the Telegraph claim we won’t listen to offers below £15m and are likely to set a £20m asking price for the midfielder.
The report also states that Premier League sides West Ham, Brighton and newly promoted Norwich are all interested in the 24-year-old.
Hayden states that the club have known for a year that he wishes to leave to be closer to his fiancée and young daughter, with him hoping to seal a move away that works for both himself and the club.
Here’s what he’s had to say in his latest interview:
“I think I will be going.
I have spoken to the club about it and they’ve been open and honest with me, so I’m pretty sure the Liverpool game was my last at home.
“It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and doing all that travelling.
“It’s unfortunate but the club know my stance and have known it for a year now.
“There are no excuses going into the summer. It’s about getting the deal right for the club and for myself.”
“It’s a fantastic club and you wouldn’t actively try to leave a place where you get 52,000 every home game but for me, I have a daughter and fiancée I have to put first,”
“They are more important than football will ever be.”
“You could arguably say I’m worth more now than what they would have asked in January or last summer because I’ve played a lot more games.
“The main thing is that I don’t want to go backward. It’s about finding the right opportunity, one that will allow the club to maximise the profit and be right for myself.”
Considering we paid £2.5m for him less than three years ago, some would say it’s brilliant business should we receive £20m this summer, however I fear we’d struggle to replace properly him with that money.
After all, what does £20m buy you in this day and age? And would Ashley reinvest it fully? This is a man that sold Mikel Merino for £12m and brought in an ageing Ki Sung-yeung on a free to take his place.
Either way, his performances over the last few months have not only helped keep us up but will allow us to demand a sizeable fee, with a young, Premier League proven English talent fully justifying a fee north of £15m in this day and age.