Spanish outlet Valencia has rejected Chelsea’s bid for Portuguese talented player Andre Gomes.
The 22-year old has been in emphatic form at the Euro 2016, contributing his quota as they breeze into the semi finals. The player is a top target for incoming Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.
The former Juventus coach submitted a bid of £40 million for the player but Valencia have rejected the bid, based on reports from The Mirror.
The Portuguese international is poised to leave the Mestella this summer because the club wouldn’t be playing in Europe this campaign. Juventus are also keen on landing the player but the Blues have submitted their bid. Gomes’ performance was inconsistent in the last campaign but he has been doing well at the continental tournament in France. He is believed to be one of the most energetic yet young midfielders at the moment, hence the interest from Conte.
Former coaches of the national side have compared him to former Chelsea player Michael Ballack for his box-to-box abilities. Gomes has however shown he is comfortable playing wide in a team.
After the bid was turned down, it remains unclear if Chelsea will increase the offer for the player who is keen to leave the club. Valencia are reported to be holding out for a higher bid from the Serie A champions. However, it is likely that the Turin-based club will only exceed Chelsea’s offer if they sell Paul Pogba this summer for a world-record fee. Real Madrid are interested in making history with Paul Pogba but have found a more affordable option in Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante. It is unknown if Real Madrid will continue with discussions for Pogba especially when there are alternatives. Pogba has so far enjoyed decent critique for his performance in the Euro 2016 so far.