Chelsea have ‘drawn a first offer’ for Montpellier striker Elye Wahi, which was subsequently refused by the French side.

That’s according to L’Equipe, who say that after several days of discussions, Chelsea have sent an ‘initial offer’ to Montpellier for the striker.

Yesterday we covered reports that the Blues were pursuing a deal for Wahi, with the French club’s president later revealing that he had rejected an initial bid.

L’Equipe now pick up on that and say Chelsea’s first offer for the player was made following days of discussions and was valued at €27.5m without bonuses.

However, this was deemed not good enough for Montpellier, who subsequently rejected it out of hand. They, though, are still ‘open to negotiation’ with those in charge at Stamford Bridge.

They’re aware that Wahi is currently focused on joining Chelsea and wants to join the Blues ‘quickly’ if he can. Thus, other suitors such as Atlético de Madrid and Frankfurt are being ignored for now.

For him to get the move he wants, though, the Blues will need to ‘increase their offer’ after their initial bid was rejected by Montpellier.