Chelsea turn to Lewandowski after backing out of Cavani bidding war

Chelsea have turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski after refusing to be drawn into a bidding war for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Jose Mourinho’s side on Thursday wrapped up a deal for Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle but the Germany international is not expected to be the only attacking recruit, with Mourinho a long-time admirer of Cavani.

Cavani has a £53m release clause in his Napoli contract but none of the interested parties – Chelsea joined by Manchester City and Real Madrid – are willing to meet it. It was reported in the Italian media that Chelsea had offered Napoli more than £42m for Cavani but the Telegraph claims Chelsea have denied that is the case.

With Cavani seemingly out of the frame, the Londoners are weighing up a move for Dortmund’s Lewandowski after the Champions League runners-up insisted they would not sell the Poland international to Champions League winners Bayern Munich. Manchester United have long been mentioned as contenders for Lewandowski’s signature but at a rumoured fee of £25m, Chelsea could rival David Moyes’ side.

Lewandowski has been at Dortmund since a 2010 move from Lech Poznan, scoring 75 goals in 139 games for the Bundesliga club. Four of his goals last season came in one Champions League game for Dortmund against Mourinho’s Madrid, in a 4-1 victory for Dortmund.

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