Chelsea have been asked to pay £42million to stand any chance of signing Valencia’s Andre Gomes this summer after their opening bid getting rejected, according to reports from Mirror.
Gomes was Portugal’s main man against Iceland in a disappointing 1-1 draw and showed everyone why he is being targeted by the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer.
Valencia are certain to see Gomes leave the club and are demanding a high fee as they will need to pay 25% of the fee to player’s former club Benfica.
Gomes, 22 is a technically gifted player who is equally adept at playing in central midfield in wide areas. His strength and vision over the ball makes him an ideal player to succeed in Premier League as well.
That is why despite getting linked with Radja Nainggolan and N’Golo Kante, Chelsea have made Gomes as their priority signing this summer. Valencia are aware of the wide interest in Gomes and are firm on demanding £42million for his signature.
Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to see Gomes play at Stamford Bridge next season and has asked The Blues to beat Jose Mourinho for the Portuguese International’s signing in coming weeks.
It now depends on whether Chelsea are keen to pay £42m for Gomes, who has only played consistent football for little over 12 months. It would indeed be a gamble, but Gomes has shown in recent weeks what he is capable of and how he can be a real asset for any team he signs for this summer.