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Chelsea and Arsenal told price for Viktor Gyokeres as Sporting ‘will cash in’ this summer | Football | Sport

Chelsea and Arsenal could reportedly secure the signature of Sporting’s Viktor Gyokeres this summer. The striker has been in sensational form so far this season, and his performances have not gone unnoticed among top clubs around Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino has made it no secret that he is keen to bolster his forward ranks over the summer, with acquiring the services of a top quality No. 9 being regarded as a priority by the higher powers at Stamford Bridge.

Brentford forward Ivan Toney and Napoli talisman Victor Osimhen are among the Blues’ top considerations, though a fee in excess of £100million would be required to sign either of the aforementioned duo.

Swedish international Gyokeres is also admired by Chelsea, though he was previously ruled that he could be another pricey option which would require immense player sales to fund. However, the Blues may not need to match the striker’s £86million release clause to bring him back to England.

According to the Mirror, Sporting are willing to strike a deal for a fee in the region of £68.5m this summer, despite publicly insisting that they would not be willing to negotiate a deal for their forward unless his release clause was activated.

Gyokeres has been in flying form since touching down in Lisbon over the summer, scoring 22 goals in 24 league appearances, and his prolific nature could represent a good transfer opportunity for Chelsea to pounce upon as Sporting ‘will cash in’ on their star.

However, Todd Boehly and co will need to fend off interest from Arsenal if they are to land the ex-Coventry City star. The Gunners have sent scouts to Portugal on several occasions so far this season to monitor his performances, and the news of his asking price being reduced is likely to catch the attention of Mikel Arteta.

A striker is widely believed to be the final piece of the puzzle for the Spaniard at the Emirates Stadium, though the Gunners opted against splashing the cash on one in the January transfer window in order to seize a better opportunity this summer. Kai Havertz has stepped up for Arsenal in the meantime, though it remains to be seen whether the German international’s future truly lies in the final third or whether he will return to playing as part of Arteta’s midfield three in the future.

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