Guillermo Maripan is a target for West Ham in the summer transfer window.
According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish media, West Ham will look to sign Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan.
The Chile international joined Alaves from Universidad Católica in July 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2021.
Maripan has played 47 times for Alaves since signing from Universidad Católica, scoring 2 goals and creating 2 assists in that time.
The 24-year-old is considered to be one of the best defenders in Chile.
As a member of Chile national football team, Maripan won 13 caps and he scored 2 goals.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini is a long term admirer of Guillermo Maripan and believes he can get the most out of the Chile international.
According to Football Espana (via Marca), “West Ham are interested in a summer move for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan. The Chilean international has impressed for the Basque side this season, making 22 La Liga appearances in one of the tightest defences in the Spanish top flight in 2018-19. The main stumbling block for the Hammers could be a disagreement of valuation of the 26-year old, with Alaves keen to see a return on their investment of €3m just two years ago. He does have a €25m release clause on a contract that has two more years to run, and club director Sergio Fernandez confirmed they would only consider offers that meet that amount. However, according to the report, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are only willing to pay in the region of €11m for the 24-year old.”
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A big money bid from West Ham could tempt Alaves into selling their prized asset.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in West Ham.
Whether he will join West Ham or not remains to be seen.
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