Chelsea are trying to make life difficult for Manchester United as they follow suit in getting Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester City have already pulled out because of the hefty fee.
Sanchez has demanded a signing-on fee of up to £20m together with a $10 million bill for the striker’s agent, Fernando Felicevich. Arsenal’s valuation of the player is £35 million which would total the overall deal for a 29-year-old whose contract is expiring at the end of the season to be $65 million.
Sanchez would also be the highest-paid player in the Premier League as he wants to include £400,000-a-week wages, including bonuses.
United are now the front-runners and Chelsea may have to think twice if they want to get involved by the huge costs in trying to sign Sanchez.