Report: Chelsea lining up bid for Valencia starlet Andre Gomes

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £26m bid for Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes, but Valencia are demanding £36m for the rising star.

According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are keen to bring former Benfica and current Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes to Stamford Bridge, as the 21-year-old's performance in La Liga this season have attracted many of Europe's top clubs.

Valencia originally brought Gomes to Mestalla on loan, while the club's sale to Peter Lim was being finalised, whereupon the club completed the transfer this past January - signing the play-maker to a five-year deal with a €50 million release clause.

During his three months on loan before signing a permanent deal, Gomes was consistently putting in eye-catching performances and showing incredible pace, technical ability and field vision that reportedly has Chelsea fighting off Manchester United for the player's services.

The report goes on to add that Gomes' agent is none other than Jorge Mendes, the agent to many of football's top clubs and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, something they hope will play a factor in convincing his compatriot to make the switch to the Premier League.

However, Valencia will not go down without a fight, as they see Gomes as a core member of their squad for many years to come and, with the influx of funds from new owner Peter Lim, are determined to build on their current third place standing In La Liga.

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