Club manager slams Chelsea’s £73m bid for striker who has scored 20 goals in 24 games
Sporting Lisbon head coach, Ruben Amorim has rejected Chelsea’s €85m (£73m) bid for Viktor Gyokeres.
The Blues, who are in need of a striker, reportedly placed the bid this week, to reports in Portugal.
Gyokeres has scored 20 goals in 24 games for Sporting since he joined them from Coventry last summer, and Amorim believes the Swede is worth more than Chelsea are reportedly offering.
Asked about Chelsea’s offer for the 25-year-old, Amorim said on Wednesday: “I don’t know, I didn’t even ask [Hugo] Viana [Sporting’s director of football].
“Obviously I was informed of the news and as soon as they said €85m I thought ‘it’s not enough’.
“In the middle of the season, it will only come out through the clause. As we can’t control that, I feel I’m quite calm because we can’t do anything.
“Obviously we have to see the impact that Viktor has on the team, we would have to change a lot of things, and hence the management’s effort to only let out players that we can’t lose through the clause.
“I just heard the number, I thought it wasn’t enough and I moved on.
“Nowadays, obviously there are clubs that can pay €100m but we can’t control that.
“I’m sure there could be proposals in the summer, I don’t know about this one because I haven’t spoken to Viana yet.
“At this point in January, it seems difficult to me that anyone will reach €100m.”