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Sporting CP reject €85m bid from Chelsea for Gyokeres

Sporting CP have reportedly rejected a massive offer from Chelsea for striker Viktor Gyokeres, according to reports from Record this morning.

The Premier League club is desperate to add goals to their team and submitted an offer worth €85 million, but the Portuguese giants rejected the proposal.

Sporting are demanding Gyokeres’ €100m release clause to let him go in the winter window.

Gyokeres arrived in Portugal this summer after a stunning campaign in the Championship with Coventry City, in which he spearheaded them to the play-offs with 21 goals and ten assists in 46 appearances.

The 25-year-old secured a €24m move to Sporting and has taken Portugal by storm, notching 11 goals and eight assists in 16 games. He bagged three goals and an assist in five Europa League appearances. 

Chelsea need a centre-forward that can put the ball in the back of the net, and Gyokeres is on their shortlist alongside Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen.

However, a deal this winter window looks impossible. Gyokeres, Toney and Osimhen are too expensive, and their clubs value them too highly to let them leave midway through the season.

The Blues also have Financial Fair Play concerns after spending over £1 billion on new signings since the 2022 summer transfer window. They cannot go around shelling out more ridiculous sums. 

Chelsea would be better served looking for a shrewd deal and have been linked to two experienced strikers – Roberto Firmino and Karim Benzema.

Firmino started with a bang in Saudi Arabia, but the goals have dried up, with only three in 21 appearances.

Benzema clashed with Nuno Espirito Santo before Al-Ittihad sacked him and has drawn the ire of new boss Marcelo Gallardo by not returning from a holiday in time.

His time in the Middle East could be up if he keeps annoying the coaching staff.

It makes more sense for Chelsea to target one of these experienced names as a stop-gap solution before making a big-money signing in the summer.

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