Thomas Tuchel would prefer Chelsea to sign £45m striker instead of Cristiano Ronaldo - journalist

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would reportedly prefer his club to sign Robert Lewandowski over Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

According to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs on Twitter, Barcelona are still trying to secure a deal for £45million-rated striker Lewandowski. In addition, the 33-year-old will only consider a move to Stamford Bridge if a transfer to Barcelona falls through.

Jacobs claims Chelsea manager Tuchel would rather his side make a move for Lewandowski if he becomes available rather than for Manchester United striker Ronaldo.

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Chelsea prefer Lewandowski over Ronaldo

This latest claim is that the Blues have a preferred pick from the two aforementioned global superstars.

Lewandowski, who scored a remarkable 50 goals in 46 Bayern appearances last season, was linked with Chelsea earlier in the transfer window. He seems intent on chasing a transfer to Barcelona still, though.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old attacker Ronaldo cropped up in Chelsea’s transfer rumour mill recently.

Blues co-owner Todd Boehly has reportedly been in discussions with Ronaldo’s agent amid uncertainty around his client’s future.

Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 games across all competitions last season in a disappointing Man United XI, but it’s worth noting he turns 38 at the start of next year.

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Lukaku void

With Romelu Lukaku no longer in the Chelsea squad after joining Inter Milan on loan, it’s going to be interesting to see how he’s replaced.

Kai Havertz is the obvious pick right now to start the new campaign as the central striker. Armando Broja is a potential understudy after returning from his loan at Southampton, too.

However, bringing in a player like Lewandowski would be the kind of mesmerising signing that would frighten their rivals.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.