Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to secure a deal for Robert Lewandowski rather than Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, according to a report.
Both forwards look set to move in the next six weeks, but potential deals for either have complications. Chelsea have been mooted as an option for both. But with the players’ respective clubs unwilling to release the attackers, negotiations will be difficult.
Manchester United have always said that Ronaldo is not for sale. And Erik ten Hag doubled on Monday, talk to Bangkok.
In fact, United officials are said to be trying hard to persuade the 37-year-old to change his mind and want to move on.
Lewandowski meanwhile has a similar mindset at Bayern Munich. Although, probably more determined to quit than Ronaldo. But his dream club Barcelona are struggling to get a deal done.
And it is this delay that interests Tuchel at Chelsea.
SCS journalist Ben Jacobs reports that Tuchel is prioritizing a move for the Poland international ahead of Ronaldo. Chelsea are aware of getting stung again, however, as they did with a potential move for Raphinha.
chelsea saw a bid accepted by Leeds for the Brazilian but that only prompted Barca to move. And as with Raphinha, Lewandowski has reportedly set his sights on a move to Catalonia.
However, if Lewandowski proves to be a real 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’s waiting for Barca first.
Ronaldo vs. Lewandowski
Boehly, meanwhile, has already spoken with Jorge Mendes about a move for Ronaldo. The American, who is currently co-owner, chairman and sporting director of Stamford Bridge, is said to be keen on a move for the Man Utd man.
It’s unclear how far the discussion between Tuchel and Boehly goes when it comes to the two forwards.
The German, however, refused to give any indication what he thought of Ronaldo when asked by a fan over the weekend.
The smiling Blues boss beat the talk.
It was a diplomatic decision by Tuchel if, as stated, he turns to Lewandowski instead.
The Pole has more time by 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 contracted until 2023, has scored 24 goals in 38 appearances for United.