Blues have now given up all hope of signing Uruguay attacker.
Chelsea will turn their attentions towards prolific Borussia Dortmund front man Robert Lewandowski after refusing to meet Napoli’s £53.5 million asking price for centre-forward Edinson Cavani, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The west London club have been closely monitoring the Uruguay international all summer long with a view to signing the player when the transfer window reopened at the start of this week.
However, with his Italian employers still insisting that any potential suitor meet the full value of Cavani’s buyout clause in his current contract in Naples and with mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain understood to be close to doing so, the Blues have now decided not to enter a bidding with the Parisians for the forward.
And instead new Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho will now attempt to make one final effort to persuade Dortmund’s Poland international to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, with the Portuguese said to have been impressed by the 24-year-old’s sensational campaign in front of goal for the Bundesliga outfit last time out.
Lewandowski netted an eye-catching 36 goals in just 48 matches in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2012-13 and with a contract in the Ruhr Valey that only runs until the summer of 2014, Chelsea would be able to get their man for just £25m.