In recent weeks, Chelsea fans have had to sit back while their Premier League rivals have got their transfer negotiations underway.
Manchester United have signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic while Henrikh Mkhitaryan will arrive imminently and Manchester City have secured the services of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.
But, now that Italy have been knocked out of Euro 2016, it seems that incoming manager Antonio Conte is keen to crack on with transfer negotiations.
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Immediately after Conte’s Italy exited the summer’s competition, the Blues announced the signing of Michy Batshuayi and they have been linked with a number of other high-profile signings since. One of those big names that the west London club are reportedly interested in is Valencia’s Andre Gomes.
However, the Mirror are claiming that Chelsea are more than just interested in the midfielder because they report that the 2014/15 Premier League champions have had a £40 million bid for him rejected.
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Gomes is currently preparing for the biggest game of his career - when his Portugal side take on Wales in the semi-final of Euro 2016 - and his performances in the tournament have attracted the interest of European giants including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona.
It seems as though Conte’s side have made the first move but their massive bid has been turned down with Valencia holding out for a huge £55 million.
But, not only do Chelsea have to up their offer, they also face stiff competition for Gomes’ signature.
The Spanish clubs are also keen
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that both Madrid and Barcelona are chasing Gomes with their front page having an image of the sought-after central midfielder with the headline “He’s the chosen one.”
A fine performance against Wales to help send his side through to the final of the European Championships could see his £55 million price-tag rise even higher.
Pogba knock-on effect
Of course, a lot of what happens with Paul Pogba could affect Gomes’ transfer. If Juventus sell their French midfielder, they could use the money to sign Gomes as a replacement. Also, with United and Madrid both fighting for Pogba, it’s unlikely they will then splash £55 million on Gomes.
With Chelsea not playing Champions League football - or any European football for that matter - next season, they could find it difficult to tempt Gomes to join them ahead of other big European clubs.
However, if Conte tells Roman Abramovich that he wants Gomes, then the Russian chairman will no doubt be willing to splash the cash in order to get the deal done.
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