Chelsea will turn to prise Robert Lewandowski away from Bayern Munich in a £50million deal according to report.
The Blues have tried in vain to persuade Borussia Dortmund to accept a players-plus-cash deal for £150m-rated hotshot Erling Haaland.
That has forced the European champions to revive their interest in record-breaking Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants. However, Chelsea are finding it difficult to bring Bayern into negotiation table.
Bayern Munich want Lewandowski, 32, to sign an extension to his current deal, which does not expire until 2023.
However, Lewandowski is keen for one last adventure before his illustrious career ends and would relish a move to the Premier League.
Bayern are not unsympathetic to his desires but know that selling their talismanic striker, especially without a suitable replacement, would send a bad message.
The Premier League Champions Manchester City had been linked with Lewandowski but Etihad sources last week ruled out a move. But Chelsea have the financial resources to test the German club’s resolve.
Lewandowski turns 33 next month and even Bayern’s head could be turned by a big bid for a player whose price will plummet if he runs down his contract.
The blues manager Thomas Tuchel now regards the Bayern an Poland top striker as his best option in a tricky transfer market.