Chelsea have their £32m bid for Portugal and Valencia star, Andre Gomes rejected by the latter according to sources at Sky Sports.
The difference in the player valuation is said to be approximately £10m, with the Spanish team looking to drive up the price. This is due to the sell-on clause in Gomes’ contract between Valencia and Benfica.
According to sources, the sale of the Portuguese midfielder would warrant 25% of the sum going to Benfica. Therefore, if Valencia sell him for a price in the region of £40-45m, they can have approximately £32 million to themselves.
In another part of England, Manchester United had their own bid for Mkhitaryan rejected. Believed to be in the region of £19 million, Borussia Dortmund turned down the offer. The German club are determined to hold on to the midfielder after losing the likes of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.
The Armenian attacker’s contract with the Dortmund outfit runs out next summer and it is also reported that he’s not interested in signing any new deal offered by the club. This implies that he chooses to take his business elsewhere, maybe Manchester.
In the words of Dortmund chief executive, Hanz-Joachim Watzke: “We have been negotiating with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months for him to extend his contract with us.
“Now we know that it is not extended, it was never our commitment that Mkhitaryan may leave us prematurely.
“We have intensely discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season.”