West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet could still leave the club after the player's agent rejected claims from the France international that he will "100%" stay with the Olympic Stadium club. The 29-year-old had suggested he would be remaining with the Hammers despite interest from Chelsea, but there is now fresh doubt over his future.
The Mirror understand both the Blues and Real Madrid are interested in Payet who scored 12 goals and made 14 assists in 40 appearances last season - leading to him being nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has slapped a £100m valuation on Payet, who starred for France at the European Championships.
Payet's future appeared to have been put to bed when The Sun carried quotes from the former Marseille midfielder on Thursday [14 July] suggesting he would be staying with West Ham this summer. However, the player's representative Jacques-Olivier Auguste says the interview has been fabricated, sparking fresh hope Chelsea could yet complete a deal
"I am surprised by this information due to the fact that Dimitri made no interview to the Sun or any other media," he told Daily Mercato. "The only thing that is certain is that enjoying his vacation well deserved and he licks his wounds caused by the defeat in the final of the Euros, so he thinks only to recharge the moment. These statements are pure invention in the imagination of a journalist. It deserved this development."
Chelsea have only made one signing this summer in the form of Belgium international Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. Manager Antonio Conte has been coy over the club's remaining transfer business though further additions are expected.
Sky Sports understand Chelsea have agreed a £32m fee to sign N'Golo Kante from Leicester City. Kante was part of the France squad which reached the Euro 2016 final and while his displays last season helped the Foxes win the Premier League title and saw him nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.