CHELSEA have made a shock £40million bid for Everton forward Anthony Gordon.
The Blues have already spent nearly £170million on new players this window and have been linked with even more players to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The latest of these is Everton star Anthony Gordon.
Gordon drew widespread praise following his bright performances for Everton last season, and has played well in The Toffees opening games this season despite both ending in defeats.
And now Sky Sports are reporting The Blues have made a £40m offer for him.
However, Everton will demand at least £50m to allow one of their most valuable assets to leave.
According to The Times, Chelsea’s pursuit comes down to a long-term strategy to invest in the future, and 21-year-old Gordon would suit such a strategy
Everton remain interested in Chelsea forwards Armando Broja and Michy Batshuayi, though whether a player-plus-cash offer would be submitted remains to be seen.
Newcastle are also monitoring the situation around the England Under-21 forward.
Gordon has played as a false nine in both of Everton’s games this season, but naturally prefers to operate in a wider position, as was the case when Frank Lampard introduced Salomon Rondon against Aston Villa.
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Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports: “It’s a lot of money for a very young player who’s just coming on to the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that.
“The position they find themselves in now; lacking attacking players, he’s the one big hope at the club even the supporters aren’t deaf at Everton.
“They’ve lost the first two games and they know it’s going to be a difficult season.
“They need an attacking player coming in so there’s no way they can let him go as he’s a local lad and he’s the one they’re all hanging their hats on.
“I think it would need to be a lot higher than that if Everton were to sanction that.”
Carney Chukwuemeka represents a similar profile to Gordon in terms of being a prodigy for the future.
Chelsea have added Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling to their squad too.
Cucurella and Koulibaly were both heavily involved as they made their home debuts against Tottenham Hotspur.
The game ended with a HEATED BUST-UP that saw Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel both sent off after the game finished.
Two controversial goals were scored by Spurs as Rodrigo Bentancur and Christian Romero were lucky not to give away fouls just before Pierre Emile Hojbjerg’s and Harry Kane’s respective equalisers.