Blues look like missing out on their first-choice attacking target.
New Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho will turn his attentions to Bayern Munich front man Mario Gomez this summer if the Portuguese fails to land his number one striking target for next season, Napoli attacker Edinson Cavani, reports the Sunday Times.
The Portuguese, who recently confirmed his return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge of the west London club six years after being sacked by the Blues, has made bringing in a new forward his top priority for when the summer transfer window once again reopens for business on July 1.
However, the self-styled ‘Special One’ is said to be reluctant to meet Napoli’s £53.5 million asking price for their coveted Uruguay international, which is the value of the marksman’s release clause in his contract.
As a result, Mourinho is now expected to turn his attentions towards Bayern’s unwanted striker Gomez, who became a bit-part player at the Allianz last season as the German giants won an historic treble.
The 27-year-old still managed to net 19 goals in just 32 matches in all competitions for the Bavarians, and that has persuaded ‘Mou’ to make a move for the Germany international as a replacement for departing attackers Demba Ba and Fernando Torres at the Bridge next season.