Chelsea is keeping a close eye on Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
And could move for the Poland international if his preferred move to Barcelona breaks down.
Lewandowski has publicly stressed both his desire to leave Bayern and his wish to join Barca.
He recently confirmed that he has only considered a proposal from the La Liga side up to this point.
Barcelona are desperate to add Lewandowski to their squad this summer
But have plenty of work to do behind the scenes to make such a move financially viable.
They need to sell some players and balance the wage books
As it stands, Lewandowski is giving full priority to Barcelona.
And he hopes that Barcelona can complete the deal.
But sources are confirming that Chelsea is aware of the negotiations.
The Blues have close ties with Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi.
But have not yet made a formal offer to sign the striker as they are well aware that he is focused solely on joining Barcelona as it stands.
Should those talks with Barcelona break down, Chelsea could consider making a move for Lewandowski as they looked to find a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who has agreed on terms with Inter over a loan return to the Nerazzurri which is inching closer to completion.
Amid all this is Bayern’s reluctance to sell Lewandowski this summer.
The Bundesliga champions want to hold on to their superstar striker.
But Chelsea is understood to be open to a 12-month loan deal if it would make Bayern more willing to agree to a deal – which would likely require Lewandowski to sign a one-year extension at the Allianz Arena.
While Chelsea would prefer a permanent deal for Lewandowski.
A season-long loan would give them an extra 12 months to figure out a solution to their striker conundrum.
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