Despite having their initial £40 million proposal for Anthony Gordon rejected, Chelsea may yet be able to reach an agreement “in the coming days.”
The weekend brought news of Chelsea’s efforts to recruit the highly regarded striker from Everton. Before loaning the attacker to Preston, Carlo Ancelotti gave Gordon an opportunity with the Everton first team.
Gordon did, however, start every game for Everton under Rafael Benitez last year, and Frank Lampard continued to believe in the 21-year-old. He made a name for himself back in January when he scored both of Everton’s goals in a 3-2 loss to Brighton, his first Premier League goals.
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Richarlison’s departure and Dominic Calvert-injury Lewin’s have caused Lampard to play Gordon as Everton’s centre striker. Although he hasn’t scored in the first two games, his performances against Chelsea and Aston Villa have been encouraging.
The Blues evidently saw enough promise last week since they have since submitted an offer that is said to be around £40 million. Everton reportedly rejected Chelsea’s first offer, but the Toffees seem eager to bargain, according to the BBC.
According to rumours, Chelsea will soon counter with an even greater offer, and a deal may easily be reached “in the coming days.” A player-plus-cash deal may also be in the works, according to the article, considering Everton’s interest in both Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher.
Gordon is filling in as Everton’s impromptu No. 9 because Lampard has yet to replace Richarlison. The only permanent additions made by Everton this summer were Amadou Onana, Dwight McNeil, and James Tarkowski; Ruben Vinagre and Conor Coady joined on loans.