Chelsea are the latest club being linked with having an interested in Gedson Fernandes, though Benfica are said to be ‘leaning towards’ accepting West Ham’s ‘revised’ offer for the midfielder.
Fernandes has attracted attention from a whole host of clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, the 21-year-old dropped down the pecking order at Benfica after reportedly falling out with head coach, Bruno Lage.
Manchester United, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a move for the Portugal international in recent weeks, the Premier League said to be his preferred destination.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have now joined the race to sign the midfielder, making an offer to take Fernandes on an 18 month loan deal with an obligation to buy for £55 million in 2021. However, it is claimed that the fee would be dependent on the midfielder playing at least 50 per cent of the Blues’ games during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Sky Sports also report that West Ham have submitted a ‘revised’ offer, which would include an obligation to buy for around £33m at the end of the 18 month loan, with Benfica said to be ‘leaning towards accepting the new deal’, with the young midfielder expected to get more opportunities to impress with the Hammers, and therefore maintaining his value.
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