Chelsea FC make offer for Benfica midfielder

Chelsea FC make official offer to sign £55m midfield star

Everton set to miss out on deal to sign Gedson Fernandes

The Premier League club said they had the option to make the transfer permanent.

The 21-year-old was previously linked with both Chelsea and West Ham before Spurs emerged as the frontrunners for his signature.

Fernandes has already racked up 59 appearances for Benfica, and has also represented Portugal at senior level.

"We expect him to be out until mid-April, end of April, May, even next season I don't know, " Jose Mourinho explained according to UK Sun.

Fernandes will provide vital cover in midfield following a three-month lay-off for Moussa Sissoko, who has had knee surgery. "All of us as players want to stay near the best, so it's fantastic to work with him". "But I can also say that he is helping us in matches that he is playing with us". "I've never seen anything like this - it's unbelievable".

Chelsea FC are now preparing for their home Premier League clash against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

It looked like being a long night for Boro in their FA Cup third-round replay after early goals were gifted to Jose Mourinho's Spurs - with Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela being the beneficiaries.

Back in 2009, Benfica agreed to give youth team SC Frielas €250 (which amounts to £215) along with 25 footballs in order to beat Sporting Lisbon to the signature of Gedson Fernandes.

The Portuguese international's imminent arrival could open the door for Christian Eriksen to secure a move to Italy with reports suggesting he's in talks with Inter Milan after refusing to sign a new contract at Spurs.

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