Chelsea’s £73m offer to sign January target ‘is not enough’, says Sporting coach | Football

Chelsea’s £73m bid for Viktor Gyokeres has been rejected by Sporting (Getty)

Sporting CP head coach Ruben Amorim claims Chelsea’s €85 million (£73m) offer for Viktor Gyokeres is ‘not enough’.

Gyokeres has hit the ground running at Sporting since his €24m (£20m) move from Coventry City last summer with 20 goals in 24 appearances for the Portuguese club.

It’s understood that Chelsea have now submitted an €85m (£73m) bid to sign the Sweden international this month, however, the offer has been rejected by Sporting.

Amorim, who was also targeted by Chelsea last year before Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, is adamant that Chelsea must activate the €100m (£85.8m) release clause in order to sign Gyokeres in the January transfer window.

When asked about Chelsea’s offer for Gyokeres, 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’.

Viktor Gyokeres has scored 20 goals for Sporting this season

Viktor Gyokeres has scored 20 goals for Sporting this season (Getty)

‘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.’

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