Chelsea rule out Viktor Gyokeres bid amid Victor Osimhen interest

Chelsea have ruled out a January move for Sporting striker Viktor Gyokeres.

Reports in Portugal claim Chelsea had a £73million bid for Gyokeres rejected but the Blues have denied any interest in the 25-year-old.

Gyokeres has scored 20 goals in 24 games for Sporting this season after moving to Portugal from Coventry for £20m in the summer.

Chelsea have made a new forward their transfer priority but Gyokeres is not one of their targets, with Sporting demanding his £87m release clause be paid in full.

The Blues are known admirers of Napoli forward Victor Osimhen but he is only available for his full £112million release clause.

Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Brighton’s Evan Ferguson, Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy, Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko are among the other options linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea are treading cautiously in January, as they assess Armando Broja while Nicolas Jackson competes at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.

Christopher Nkunku can add goals and hopes to return to face Middlesbrough in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final next week.

Chelsea also need to ensure they stay within Premier League spending rules.