The Premier League clubs are set to scupper his move to Napoli.
Despite a move to Napoli seemingly tied up for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, comments from his advisor has seen Chelsea and Manchester City look like distinct possibilities for the German.
With reports circulating that new Azzurri boss Rafael Benitez would prefer City’s Edin Dzeko in Naples rather than Gomez, it seems the door has opened for the Premier League big spenders to snap up the 27-year-old.
The Germany international is expected to depart the Allianz Arena this summer after falling behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order, but it seems no deal for a move to Italy has been completed.
“We have never negotiated with this club [Napoli],” Gomez’s advisor Uli Ferber was quoted on stuttgarter-zeitung.de.
“In the next three or four days it should be clear where he is going,” Ferber said in relation to a Chelsea or City move.
Both English clubs are looking to strengthen their attack this summer with likely departures in that area from the two sides.
Returning manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, will want to stamp his authority on the current Blues squad and with Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku the only strikers at the Portuguese’s disposal, Gomez could well be a welcome addition.
Similarly at the Etihad Stadium the departure of Mario Balotelli in January and the expected sale of Dzeko, means likely new boss Manuel Pellegrini will want more options than just Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.
Although a deal to take Gomez to Napoli from Germany seemed as good as done, a forward that manager 19 goals in just 32 appearances in 2012/13 is likely to be welcomed at any English club.