Chelsea have been told that they may have to pay up to £5 million for young Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash according to The Mirror.
The Blues were hoping that they would be able to prize the 19-year-old away from the East Midlands club for a fee of around £1.5m, however it is believed the Reds won’t be letting their hot-prospect go anywhere until a much larger fee is agreed.
Reports from the Sunday newspaper suggest an agreement may be able to be reached between the two clubs if the young Englishman is loaned back to Forest.
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Cash, who has only made three starts this campaign after recently recovering from a broken leg he suffered during the Tricky Trees’ 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, made his come-back last Friday in their 5-2 win over Barnsley.
The 2016-17 season has been the Slough-born midfielder’s break-through year having spent the season before on loan at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge, and he believes that experience has been the catalyst to his success.
“The loan spell also helped me massively,” he Cash told The Nottingham Post.
“When Dougie (Freedman) was here I was not really training with the first team. It was a big thing to come into this season.
“I have learned so much and I do look up to the first team players now, still. But seeing them train last year really made me want to get involved. That was a big motivation.
“At the start of the season, when the gaffer came in, I was training with the under-23s. But I work hard in training – that is just what I do.
“I do that for a reason and I felt I had a good pre-season and the manager obviously saw enough in me to give me my chance.
“All I can do is work hard in training and work hard when I play. I have felt myself getting stronger over the past year, physically and mentally.”