Chelsea face a struggle to convince Bayern Munich to sell Robert Lewandowski, despite holding a long-term interest in the want away forward.
Both Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi have serious interest in their services this summer and the Poland international has been someone that has been considered as a future option for more than a year at Stamford Bridge.
As first revealed on Goal , Chelsea were considering Lewandowski ahead of the transfer window last summer. His former agent was sounded out by the club, although a move was deemed too difficult to secure leading the club’s director Marina Granovskaia to pressure other targets.
Lewandowski wants out of Bayern Munich and he has since hired a new agent in Pini Zahavi, but a move away from the Allianz Arena could still prove difficult with the Bavarians ruling out a sale and holding him to a lucrative contract that is signed until 2021.
Morata eventually joined Chelsea for £60 million ($80m) last season, which could rise to £70m in add-ons, after the club lost out to Manchester United in its approach to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
The Spain international has had a mixed season which has led him to being left out of his country’s squad for the World Cup. This hasn’t stopped clubs spotting an opportunity to sign him, though, with Juventus publicly stating an interest in bringing back the 25-year-old.
AC Milan and Inter have also held meetings with Morata’s agent and could make moves , although it appears unlikely that Chelsea would break even on his sale to an Italian club.
Michy Batshuayi is also a serious target of Borussia Dortumund and he would be interested in discussions after the World Cup over a move, following his successful loan spell with the German giants.
Chelsea could raise funds for Lewandowski, but Bayern Munich hold great leverage in the situation which may deter the Blues for another summer, as the Bavarians are unlikely to talk to clubs for less than £200m.
It may be a case of now or never for the 29-year-old, who is keen on a move to either England or Spain, after winning four consecutive Bundesliga titles at the dominant club.
Chelsea also have Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham among their pool of possible strikers to use next season but decisions on loanees have been delayed with the club’s managerial situation still unresolved.