West Ham United losing Croatia forward Nikola Vlasic in the summer would be “best for both parties”, believes Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, informs the GMS.
Vlasic has spent the first part of the 2022/23 campaign out on loan at Serie A outfit Torino, having joined the Hammers from CSKA Moscow last season.
After signing for West Ham in a deal worth around £25 million in August 2021, the Croatian international was part of the squad that finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the Europa League semi-final.
However, his performances did little to inspire the West Ham faithful. As per Transfermarkt, Vlasic notched up 36 appearances across all competitions last season, netting just one goal and assisting a further three.
His only goal for West Ham came during a 4-1 victory away to Watford, where Vlasic came off the bench to score in the 92nd minute.
It’s safe to say the Hammers hierarchy wasn’t impressed with the former Everton forward’s contributions and a loan to Italy followed in the 2022/23 summer transfer window.
In sharp contrast to his performances in claret and blue, Vlasic has shone during the first part of the Serie A season, scoring four goals and assisting two in 15 league appearances for Torino.
Such performances secured the West Ham forward a place in the Croatian World Cup squad, where he has once again impressed.
Having featured in all but one of Croatia’s matches in their run to third-place, the 25-year-old’s exploits in Qatar have reignited transfer interest.
Because of those strong performances for club and country, Sheth believes West Ham should cash in on Vlasic this summer.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Sky Sports reporter explained why the Premier League side should let go of Vlasic.
“Maybe it is best for both parties in the summer if there’s a move that can materialise, be that to Torino or somewhere else.”
The World Cup has often acted as a shop window for clubs to advertise their available assets and Sheth as urged West Ham to cut their losses.
“I’m sure West Ham will have seen his performances for Croatia at the World Cup.
“It’s been a good shop window for Vlasic.”