France have played two games at Euro 2016 and won both of them. That sentence may not be true if it were not for the fantastic form of Dimitri Payet.
The former bad boy of French football has certainly come good in the last 12 months, in which time he has signed for West Ham, been voted into the PFA Team of the Year, and become the hope of a nation.
Indeed, his show-stopping displays against Romania and Albania have lit up the competition and helped France become the first team to qualify for the knockout stages. He is now being compared to Zinedine Zidane, who was the inspiration behind France's successful World Cup campaign in 1998.
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And, just like Zidane, it appears as though Real Madrid will make a move to sign him, at least according to The Mirror. They mention sources close to Florentino Perez, and they apparently said that signing Payet would interest the club president, especially if his good form continues.
It appears that Perez is hoping to make a habit of buying the best player from major tournaments after forking out a rather impressive £71million to sign James Rodriguez from AS Monaco after he won the Golden Boot at the World Cup two years ago.
Rodriguez's move has not exactly panned out as hoped and the latest reports suggest he is likely to be sold this summer. His departure would leave an obvious space in Real Madrid's squad which could quite easily be filled by Payet.
West Ham worries
Despite moving to the Olympic Stadium next season, West Ham officials are worried that it will become impossible to keep Payet at the club if he continues in the same vein. Even worse, they could potentially lose him to a Premier League rival.
Chelsea are also credited with an interest in signing the 29-year-old although it is not clear where he would fit into Antonio Conte's system. It is also unlikely that West Ham would sell to a direct competitor unless the Blues agree to pay a significant premium.
West Ham have so far refused to put a price tag on his head. That should serve to dispell some of the speculation while they also have the advantage of Payet having a massive five years left on his £125,000-a-week contract.
The Hammers moved to tie him down in February, rewarding him for his fine form with a significant pay rise and a contract that could see him finish his career in east London.
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