Chelsea have informed Everton of their final offer for Anthony Gordon as they look to secure the winger’s signature before deadline day.
Gordon has scored in Everton’s last two games, leading manager Frank Lampard to insist that the deadline to sell the player has passed.
Two Chelsea offers for Gordon earlier in the summer were rejected but despite the 21-year-old’s bright start to the season, the Blues have told Everton they have no intention of making a new bid above £40m.
This means a Gordon deal is unlikely, and Chelsea are likely to pursue other goals, with Rafael Leao being the latest target Thomas Tuchel’s side are chasing.
Lampard declared his confidence in keeping Gordon after Everton’s draw with Leeds, claiming that the Toffees were planning to build around their talisman.
“Anthony is a very important player,” Lampard said. “He’s shown his value in the last two games, so what’s the point of doing anything with Anthony?
What are Chelsea’s plans heading towards the deadline?
The Blues are still hoping for more income despite spending £69m on Leicester’s Wesley Fofana, taking their total summer spending to more than £250m.
Negotiations are still underway with Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Liao is being chosen as a replacement, and work is underway on the transfer of Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsene Zakharian.
However, despite Zakharian having a release clause of £12.6m, sanctions against Russia mean the deal is complicated by payment issues.
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The club is also said to be in advanced talks with RB Leipzig’s Josco Gvardiol, with a £77m deal made for the player to join next summer.
Frenkie de Jong could also be a big hit for money before deadline day should his salary dispute with Barcelona be resolved.
A number of players are expected to leave, as Marcos Alonso is scheduled to join Barcelona and questions remain about the future of Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher and Christian Pulisic.