Chelsea have reportedly failed with a bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
According to reports from ESPN, the Blues have tabled an opening £17 million bid for the Polish international, who has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers.
The 23 year-old is believed to be a target for Manchester United, but it appears as though Chelsea have kick-started the race for his signature may making an opening offer.
Lewandowski helped fire Dortmund to a league and cup double last season, bagging 22 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances.
While a bid for Lewandowski is seen as a signal of intent from the Champions League winners, it is thought that the hitman is not their number one target.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, and while a move looks some way off, ESPN claim that they have been offered him for £35 million.
A club source reportedly said: “Chelsea have been offered Cavani, but not everybody at the club thinks he is the right player to suit their formation. The Polish centre-forward is the one the club bid for, but the offer was rejected."
It is uncertain whether Chelsea will return with an improved offer for Lewandowski, but it looks as though the player is England-bound, after admitting that he wants to play in the Premier League.