Chelsea are being frustrated in their efforts to recruit a new central midfielder ahead of the new season.
Having seen a number of bids for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan rejected, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly turned his attention to Portugal and Valencia star André Gomes.
The Mirror’s Ed Malyon is today reporting that the Blues have in fact already submitted a bid of around £40m for the 22 year old – only to see it rejected by the Spanish side.
The report states the Conte believes Gomes to have the necessary attributes to fit into his energetic style of play, but they have hit a brick wall in negotiations.
While Valencia are not averse to selling the midfielder, they are waiting for developments in the potential transfer of Paul Pogba to either Real Madrid or Manchester United.
Juventus led the initial chase for the former Benfica player – and should Pogba depart, for a supposed fee of over £85m, then Juve could revive their interest in Gomes and use a significant portion of the Pogba windfall to make that deal happen.
In other words, Valencia want a bidding war.
In any event, Valencia’s lack of European football is likely lead to the departure of Gomes. Chelsea may have seen one bid rejected, but it remains to be seen if they will come back to the table with a higher offer.
In the meantime, Gomes has a European Championship semi final to prepare for. Having started in Portugal’s three group games, as well as their last sixteen clash with Croatia, Gomes missed the quarter final against Poland through injury. However, he hopes to regain his place for the semi-final match against Wales in Lyon on Wednesday.