Tough market, this.
After seeing several bids rejected for Radja Nainggolan, being at least tangentially involved in a futile bidding war for N'Golo Kante, and watching with envious eyes wherever Paul Pogba ends up, Chelsea have now had a £32m bid rejected for Valencia midfielder André Gomes. That's according to Sky sources, whoever they may be.
Incidentally, we've been down this road before with Gomes just last summer, but our supposed interest was flat out rejected back then. He's only gotten better since and even started Portugal's game on Tuesday against Iceland. Not bad for a 22-year-old.
On the plus side, at least this time we made it as far as an actual bid, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Unfortunately, it would appear that we have very little else going for us at the moment, and especially when it comes to midfield transfer targets, we seem to be coming up empty despite best efforts.
Time to throw more money at the problem? André Gomes's buyout was rumored to be €50m last summer; that's only £8m more than the supposedly rejected bid.