Chelsea have reportedly initiated contact with Sporting Lisbon over potential deals with not one, but two players within their squad.
The blues have a strong history with Portugal, from national players to managers.
One of the players currently on Chelsea’s radar is 20-year-old Ivorian centre-back Ousmane Diomande.
Diomande joined Portugese club Mafra back in August of 2022 on a season-long loan.
The following day he would make his professional debut in a 3-1 loss to Oliveirense.
Following a run of strong performances, Diomande was re-called from his loan half way through the season and was then transferred to his current club, Sporting Lisbon, for €12.5 million including add-ons.
After an initial enquiry from the blues, Sporting are now insisting that they will only sell the Ivorian international for his full £69 million (€80m) release clause.
Sporting currently sit atop the Primeira Liga, ahead of rivals Benfica and Porto, with Diomande an ever-present figure within the squad.
His former club, Midtjylland, are owed 20 per cent of any profit Sporting make from a future transfer, making the possibility of lowering the fee a little bit more complicated.
The addition of another centre-back would take the total to 7, with the likes of Levi Colwill, Benoit Badiashile, Axel Disasi, and Thiago Silva all still regularly rotated.
Chelsea have also enquired about a deal relating to Sporting striker Viktor Gyökeres.
The Swedish international, who previously played for both Brighton & Hove Albion and Coventry City, has the interest of the West London club and boasts a fantastic record in his opening season in Portugal.
With 17 goals in 20 appearances, it’s no wonder Sporting are insisting Chelsea shell out the full £87 million (€100m) release clause in order to secure his signature.
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