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Chelsea are ready to increase their offer for Everton forward Anthony Gordon after having an initial £40 million bid rejected, according to reports.
The 21-year-old is the subject of interest from Newcastle United, but Chelsea have now joined the race for the young forward as they look to bolster their front-line.
Thomas Tuchel's side have been pursuing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with talks ongoing with Barcelona over a potential transfer this summer to Stamford Bridge. As per several reports. Chelsea made a bid of around £40 million, however it was turned down by the Toffees.
remier League football, Everton versus Chelsea: Anthony Gordon of Everton tracked by drives past Ben Chilwell. (Alamy)
Everton are thought to value Gordon at around £50 million, and the BBC claimed that Chelsea were considering their next move which was likely to result in Tuchel and co to make a higher off to try to tempt Frank Lampard's side of selling their prized asset.
Now, as reported by The Times, Chelsea are ready to test Everton with another bid which could reach £50 million to test the resolve of their 'not for sale' stance.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Chelsea are looking for a right-sided player to provide genuine competition to Reece James and see Gordon as a 'top candidate'. Personal terms won't be an issue for the Blues should they be able to agree a transfer fee with Everton.
Newcastle United have also been in talks, as per Chronicle Live, with Everton over a £35 million bid, and now with Chelsea's higher bid, it will put pressure on Eddie Howe's side to increase their offer for Gordon.
Tuchel was asked about bringing new forwards to the club before the end of the summer window, and he replied: “I think we could use and strengthen our squad in depth and strength in both.
"It’s one thing what you wish for and another what is possible. It needs to be possible.
'We are looking for top quality, top personalities, good characters and competitors on the highest levels.
"You don’t always get what you wish for and that’s why we are calm and ambitious at the same time.
'Quite some days to go until the end of the transfer period. Everything is possible until the end.”
Batshuayi could be involved in a potential deal, according to reports in Belgium, with Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher also of interest to Lampard at Goodison Park.
#UPDATE 🇧🇪— Sacha Tavolieri (@sachatavolieri) August 14, 2022
🔵 Antony #Gordon à #ChelseaFC: Michy #Batshuayi pourrait être impliqué dans la transaction ! #CFC veut se séparer de lui et le #DiablesRouges préférait un départ définitif plutôt qu’un nouveau prêt. Frank Lampard a déjà validé le profil. ⏳ À suivre. #EFC #EvertonFC https://t.co/Xtx9GGI8M4 pic.twitter.com/CFxVOqNfdC
Lampard insisted he wasn't going nowhere, saying: “He’s going nowhere.
"He’s our player and that was a hugely-important thing to me, he’s the sort of player we want to build to go forward with.
"I’m delighted that he’s got his number 10 but now I want him to continue to earn it.”