Chelsea is reportedly close to sealing the transfer of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as Real Madrid have decided to focus on alternative targets.
According to Don Balon, the Blues have an advantage in this particular transfer saga as Real would rather sign Tottenham front-man Harry Kane over the €100million-rated Poland international.
Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in Europe for the last five or six years and would no doubt be a major upgrade on Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old could also do a job for Madrid given their issues up front this season, but it’s easy to see why Kane would be seen as a superior option, and a more long-term one as well due to being five years younger.
Still, Chelsea needs a quick fix after a difficult season and they’re yet to truly replace the influence of Diego Costa up front, which has led them slipping outside the top four this season.
Major changes will be needed in order to get the west Londoners back into the Champions League and among the main title challengers in the Premier League next season, and the prolific Lewandowski could be just the caliber of player needed to kick-start their revival.
Chelsea was recently reported by L’Equipe (with translation from the Metro) as being one of the clubs Lewandowski had instructed his agent to try and get him a move.
Massimiliano Allegri addresses Chelsea FC and Arsenal rumours
Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that he is happy at Juventus despite the speculation linking him with the Chelsea FC and Arsenal jobs ahead of next season.
Chelsea FC is widely expected to change their manager this summer after a largely disappointing second campaign in charge for Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are currently in fifth place in the table and looking as if they are going to miss out on a top-four finish this season and with it a place in next term’s Champions League.
Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal has also been a source of uncertainty in recent weeks, and Allegri has been touted as a target for both of the London clubs ahead of next season.
However, the Juventus manager has now appeared to play down the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League and he has underlined his commitment to the Serie A side.
Speaking to Mediaset Premium, Allegri said: “I have a contract until 2020 and I am happy here. I am in harmony with the club.
“I go on vacation when the transfer window opens because I trust the club completely.
“We still need to meet some objectives. If we don’t win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia they might not still want me. We’ll talk it over the way we always do, every year. There’s no difference.”
Chelsea FC came from two goals down to claim a 3-2 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blues are set to take on the Saints once again in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next weekend.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are sixth in the Premier League table after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.