Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is eager to pursue a deal for Robert Lewandowski rather than Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, claims a report.
Both strikers look set to make moves in the next six weeks, but potential deals for either have complications. Chelsea have been mooted as options for both. But with the players’ respective clubs not keen on releasing the forwards, negotiations will be tough.
Manchester United have always said that Ronaldo is not for sale. And Erik ten Hag doubled down on that on Monday, speaking in Bangkok.
In fact United officials are reportedly trying hard to persuade the 37-year-old to change his mind over wanting to move on.
Lewandowski meanwhile is of a similar mindset at Bayern Munich. Albeit, probably more determined to leave that Ronaldo. But his dream club Barcelona are struggling to get a deal together.
And it’s that delay that is interesting Tuchel at Chelsea.
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs reports that Tuchel is very much in prioritising a move for the Poland international ahead of Ronaldo. Chelsea though are mindful of getting stung again, as they did with a potential move for Raphinha.
Chelsea saw an offer accepted by Leeds for the Brazilian, but that only prompted Barca to make their move. And as with Raphinha, Lewandowski is believed to have set his heart on a move to Catalonia.
However, if Lewandowski turns out to be a genuine option for Chelsea, then Tuchel wants Todd Boehly to move for the 33-year-old.
Lewandowski is said to be open to a move to the capital, but he is holding out for Barca first.
Ronaldo vs Lewandowski
Boehly meanwhile, has already spoken with Jorge Mendes over a move for Ronaldo. The American, who is co-owner, chairman and sporting director at Stamford Bridge currently, is reportedly keen on a move for the Man Utd man.
Just how far the discussion between Tuchel and Boehly has got with regards to the two strikers is unclear.
The German though refused to give any indication as to his thinking about Ronaldo when asked by a fan over the weekend.
It was a diplomatic move from Tuchel if, as reported, he is looking towards Lewandowski instead.
The Pole does have more time on his side at four years younger than Ronaldo. And he also showed no signs of slowing down last season with 50 goals in just 46 games.
Ronaldo, who is under contract until 2023, blasted 24 goals in 38 matches for United.