Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Chelsea are aware that Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona is close to being complete.
The eventual move will see any potential interest from the Blues, despite manager Thomas Tuchel claiming he would love to sign the Poland international.
Chelsea have been weighing up a deal for a striker this summer, after Romelu Lukaku ended his dismal year-long spell by securing a loan move back to Inter Milan.
The German may be considering handing Armando Broja an opportunity to stake his claim to become the starting striker, after eventually joining up with the Blues on their pre-season tour of the United States.
This may well come to fruition, as Romano confirmed that Barcelona are about to sign Lewandowski.
No chance for Lewandowski to Chelsea
He tweeted: “Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are informed on Robert Lewandowski situation: they’ve been told that his move to Barça is at final stage – never been any chance, he only wanted Barcelona.
“Lewandowski agreed personal terms with Barcelona 4 months ago: three-year deal.”
It’s likely that despite the manager’s admiration, the Poland international would fall into the same category as Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair not quite fitting the bill of the attack despite their obvious quality. The wages of the 33-year-old could also have proved an issue, with him currently earning £329,000 a week.
Rumours had begun to swirl that new owner Todd Boehly was intrigued by the idea of bringing the Portugal international to Stamford Bridge, following his desire to leave Manchester United this summer.
The topic came up during a meeting with Boehly and agent Jorge Mendes, with the striker looking to join a club that can offer him Champions League football.
However, it became evident that Tuchel was not going to give the greenlight to the deal, and now it appears Lewandowski is out the question too.
Kai Havertz is set to endure a big season as a Chelsea player, with supporters now hopeful to see his goal contributions increase in order to establish himself as a genuine candidate for central attacker.