Chelsea failed in last-ditch move for World Cup star who agreed Liverpool deal


Chelsea made a last-ditch attempt to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven but refused to match Liverpool’s offer for the forward. Liverpool moved quickly over the festive period to wrap up a deal for the Netherlands international, confirming the move on Wednesday evening subject to a work permit.

Manchester United were also interested in the 23- year-old, with Erik ten Hag discussing a move to Old Trafford with the player during the summer transfer window. But after spending over £200million in the summer months, his side were unable to make a serious offer with the club now focusing on loan signings in January. According to Eindhovens Dagblad , there was further interest from the Premier League from Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea also making an offer for Gakpo.

The Blues were reluctant to meet PSV’s full asking price however and were only willing to offer a package totalling €40million (£35.4m), according to the report, which was rejected by the Dutch side. Liverpool got their man having agreed a deal worth an initial £37m which could rise to £45m with add- ons. Chelsea are expected to be among the busiest sides in the January transfer window having already confirmed a deal to sign David Datro Fofana from Molde this week.

Reports suggest the club remain interested in signing another forward option having been offered Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. Graham Potter’s side are also hoping to clinch a deal for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez and are willing to pay his huge £105m release clause this month.

Liverpool and United are also eager to sign the Argentina international but Chelsea’s huge offer looks set to blow their rivals out of the water, with Benfica manager Roger Schmidt suggesting the 21- year-old could leave for the Premier League.

‘When I talk to the players, these are things I keep to myself. What I can say is what I’ve already said. We all know what football is like. ‘These young people have opportunities, and it’s not just about Enzo. If they have opportunities, they have to make decisions, and I respect them. ‘I can advise them, but they only have one career. If I can convince them or influence them in a certain way, I try to do it, but I accept their decisions’.

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