Chelsea have made a verbal offer to Montpellier for the signing of striker Elye Wahi, according to a reporter.
Wahi has emerged as one of Chelsea’s main targets in attack, even if their plan would be to loan him out to Strasbourg rather than integrate him into their first team straight away.
After he scored 19 goals last season, the France under-21 international has caught the attention of Chelsea, who need to find a way to add goals into their team for the long term.
Now, reporter Mohammed Toubache-Ter has revealed via his Twitter account that Chelsea have submitted a verbal proposal to Wahi’s current club.
They have suggested they would be willing to pay a fee in the region of €25m, which would equate to somewhere around £21.4m. The deal would include bonuses, although it is not yet clear what they would relate to.
Nor has it yet been revealed whether Montpellier would accept such a sum if Chelsea went on to formally put the money on the table.
Wahi is under contract with his current employers until 2025. He has already scored 32 goals for their first team, despite only being 20 years old.
Wahi could be useful for Chelsea but patience required
Given Chelsea’s woes in front of goal in the season just gone, perhaps someone with Wahi’s scoring statistics would be useful for them sooner than they are planning.
But looking to the long term, it seems like Chelsea do not want to put too much pressure on him so soon.
Strasbourg have been taken under the control of Todd Boehly’s ownership group. Therefore, it should be easy to shift players from Chelsea to that destination.
Wahi’s Montpellier actually finished above Strasbourg last season in Ligue 1, which has led to doubts as to whether or not he would be open to the move.
But things are at least progressing with the first step of his summer transfer saga in terms of Chelsea trying to purchase him from Montpellier.