Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United and Manchester City in a bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski if they fail to land long-standing target Edinson Cavani.
The Blues are still keen to bring Cavani to Stamford Bridge but face stiff competition from Real Madrid and are thought to be reluctant to match the Napoli hitman’s £53 million release clause.
Cavani’s future should be sorted out sooner rather than later after his Uruguay side were knocked out of the Confederations Cup and if, as expected, he signs for Los Blancos, Chelsea will reportedly turn their attention to Lewandowski.
The Pole has 12 months left on his contract at the Westfalenstadion and although Bayern Munich is his favoured destination, Dortmund have publicly vowed to reject any offers from their bitter rivals this summer.
While Lewandowski may choose to sit tight for another year and join the European champions on a Bosman when his deal expires, the impasse has encouraged Chelsea, United and City that he could be tempted by a switch to the Premier League.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho was on the receiving end of Lewandowski’s brilliance during his final few weeks at Real Madrid as the former Lech Poznan striker bagged all four goals in Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final first-leg demolition of the Spanish giants.
The Special One was clearly impressed by what he saw and Chelsea are priced at 6/1 to snap up Lewandowski in the current transfer window, which would return £140 for new customers who back it with their free £20 bet should the move materialise.
However, the Manchester duo are actually shorter than their London rivals in the betting at present.
City’s need for a striker is obvious after the sale of Carlos Tevez to Juventus this week left them with just Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as their only recognised options up front.
Reports have suggested that new boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to make a move for the £25 million-rated Lewandowski and bwin offers 4/1 that he joins the Citizens before September 4th.
United, meanwhile, have a long-standing interest in a player who has fired 54 goals in 98 Bundesliga appearances and they can be backed at 5/1 to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.
Despite Dortmund’s determination to prevent Lewandowski heading to Bayern, Pep Guardiola’s men are still the favourites to secure his signature at 17/5, with Real Madrid a 10/1 chance and all other clubs rated at 33/1 and higher.
Punters who believe the 24-year-old will still be lining up for Dortmund when the transfer window slams shut can find a price of 1/2 on him staying put until January at the earliest.