Chelsea have no intention of joining an auction for Gabigol, Sport Witness understands. Our sources have confirmed that their offer, just like one from Juventus, is still in Santos’ hands.
Although the Brazilian club are keen to accept both the bids, the player is still not convinced he wants to leave. A meeting between Gabigol, Wagner Ribeiro and his parents to decide his future is set to happen in the next few days.
As reported by UOL, Chelsea have offered €30m for the striker, and Juventus made a better bid for Santos, which was €20m for the club’s share of 40% of the player’s economic rights.
Gabigol has a €50m release clause, which would give Santos exactly the €20m offered by Juve. The player was ready to sign a contract extension which would increase his buyout to €100m, but these bids have been delaying the agreement.
As the Premier League doesn’t allow players to have third-party ownership, Chelsea’s bid was for 100% of the transfer. In Juventus’ case, they can still negotiate with the other parties, which is 20% from Doyen Sports and 40% from the player himself.
Both the offers will be analysed, and despite the money involved, the player’s will to play for any of these clubs will be decisive.
Due to an agreement in Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona in 2013, the Catalan club should be notified if Santos accept any bids for Gabigol, so they would have the chance to match the offer. We could confirm that this clause is still active.