Stamford Bridge side to give up on Edinson Cavani and turn attention to Old Trafford forward and Borussia Dortmund ace.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to call time on their pursuit of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani in preference to making a move to bring in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as well as Man United star Wayne Rooney according to the Daily Mail.
Jose Mourinho has been tracking Cavani since returning to Stamford Bridge but the Blues are unwilling to fork out the £50m+ they would need to land the Uruguayan and could feel they could bring in Messrs Lewandowski and Rooney for a combined fee similar to that demanded by the Serie A side.
The addition of attacking talents appears to be the main point of business for the summer transfer window as Chelsea look to strengthen an attack that saw both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggle last term.
Polish international Lewandowski is said to be keen on leaving Borussia Dortmund and was set to join Bayern Munich before his employers publicly stated they would not allow such a deal to occur, not surprising given that the Bundesliga champions had already landed their prized asset Mario Goetze.
The 24 year old Dortmund striker has only a year to run on his current deal so a fee for the forward would not be huge and Borussia Dortmund may well gladly opt to sell to any side other than Bayern Munich.
Moves to bring in Rooney could be more problematic though as Man United are not known for selling their top performers to Premier League rivals but could feel they have no choice other than to sell the England man if there continues to be a breakdown in the relationship between the club and the England man.
Rooney is reportedly furious that suggestions that he had handed in a ‘verbal’ transfer request were publicly stated by a number of Man United officials, most prominently being from former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. There is also clearly the small matter of the fractious relationship between the Old Trafford star and his former Everton boss David Moyes, who has of course taken over as the club’s new manager.