‘Thank God’ ‘Sigh Of Relief’ Fans React As Journalist Weighs In On Reports That Chelsea Have Tabled £73M Bid

Chelsea have not tabled a bid worth €85m (£73m) for Sporting Lisbon striker Viktor Gyokeres, according to the Evening Standard journalist Nizaar Kinsella.

There were reports in the Portuguese media that the Blues had made the offer, but it fell short of the player’s €100m (£86m) release clause. Supporters on X are happy that the club have not bid such a high amount for Gyokeres, who is unproven at the top level:

Gyokeres has had a superb season so far

There can be no disputing the fact that the Swedish international has had an excellent campaign, following his move from Coventry City in the summer.

Gyokeres has scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists in 24 appearances, but spending such a high fee on a player who hasn’t played in a top 5 European league or Champions League would have been a massive risk.

Which strikers are Chelsea targeting?

Although there has been a lot of talk about signing Napoli’s Viktor Osimhen or Brentford’s Ivan Toney, both of those players are more likely to move clubs at the end of the season.

For that reason, the Blues are said to be looking at potential short-term solutions. Al-Ittihad’s Karim Benzema has been suggested as a target, while Aston Villa’s young striker Jhon Duran is also reportedly on the club’s radar.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.