Chelsea have to pay £86m to sign world-class striker

 Chelsea are not going to have any room to negotiate with Sporting Lisbon for their striker Viktor Gyokeres.

Chelsea are being linked with Viktor Gyokeres and there has been talk about the Blues recently putting in a huge bid for the 25-year-old.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Gyokeres will only be allowed to leave Sporting if his €100m (£85.8m) release clause is triggered. On Substack, the transfer expert wrote: “I’m told Sporting will not negotiate for under that value.”

The Sweden international has really impressed this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.


It shows why Sporting value him so highly and do not want to sell lower than the player’s release clause.

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Sporting Lisbon unwilling to negotiate lower fee with Chelsea

If Chelsea want to sign Gyokeres, it looks like they are going to have to pay his full release clause.

Gyokeres is proving to be a good striker. Again, the Sporting star is not having a hard time finding the back of the net right now. In the past, he has also been described as “unplayable” by his former Coventry City teammate Maxime Biamou.


However, has the forward really done enough to earn an £86m move to Stamford Bridge? Probably not. This is the first season where Gyokeres has excelled in a top European league. It is such a small sample size to go off. He needs to do a bit more before Chelsea go out and pay the kind of fee that is currently being mentioned.


If Sporting do become more open to negotiating, then it changes things a little bit. But for almost £90m, the Blues should be looking somewhere else.

Someone who probably is worth that fee is Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, who has proven in Serie A that he is a prolific No.9 capable of scoring goals at the highest level. Signing a player of that calibre will not be easy either; he is incredibly important to his current side.

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