Considering the plethora of players already linked to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have been reasonably quiet in the transfer window so far.
It seems that in Antonio Conte’s absence, the Blues are taking upon a more cautious approach. Nonetheless, this week saw their first major movement of the summer after a long wait.
The club saw their £32 million bid for Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes rejected by Valencia. However, although their campaign for the star has hit a snag, Chelsea should continue fighting to secure his signature.
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The majority of midfielders that have been linked with Chelsea over the summer have firm roots in Serie A given Conte’s arrival. Consequently, moving for Gomes came as somewhat of a surprise.
According to Sky Sources, albeit plumping for a fee in excess £30 million, Valencia weren’t biting.
This provoked reports that Chelsea will end their interest in Gomes and look elsewhere for a midfielder. After all, in such a large bid being rejected by the Spanish outfit, it’s likely they’ll try and squeeze much more out of the Blues.
With Benfica set to receive 25% of the price Valencia receive for the midfielder, the Mestalla-based side are holding out for at least £42 million.
Given Gomes’ broad skill set and appetising potential, the Stamford Bridge side shouldn’t give up though. While another bid lies in the balance, it may be a case of being worth Abramovich’s wallet to dish out the big money.
Chelsea are in need of a new central midfielder this summer so can’t afford to be burning bridges with potential arrivals.
With Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel on the back of horrendous seasons, the Blues’ arsenal is looking strained. In addition, Cesc Fabregas is still showing moments of brilliance but equal evidence of being on the wane.
Gomes proves the perfect man and an eventual replacement for Fabregas.
Many dismiss the Portuguese star by simply looking at his goals and assists record. This shouldn’t be the case and besides, the Valencia man scored more from open play than Fabregas in 2015-16.
If Chelsea want a calm and composed character in the centre of their midfield, pulling the strings, then it could be worth exceeding £32 million.
Furthermore, at just age 22, Gomes could have a lot to offer the west London side for years to come. It wouldn’t be a gamble; it would be an investment in the future.
Given the rises of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kurt Zouma, youth seems to be a concept Chelsea are slowly growing too. If the Blues want to work towards building a dynasty, then deploying Gomes would prove little detriment to this aim.
He may not have any Premier League experience, but under the wing of Fabregas, he couldn’t wish for a better man to teach him the ropes.
For the aforementioned reasons, Conte and Chelsea should think twice before giving up on Gomes. Valencia may be demanding hearty fees, but it's for a very good reason and he’s a man in demand.
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