Paris Saint-Germain’s £43million bid for Napoli striker Edison Cavani looks set to end Chelsea’s interest in the striker and reignite their pursuit of Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski.
Chelsea had hoped to pry the Uruguayan from Serie A but have struggled to strike a deal with the club who have a strong hand due to Cavani’s £55million release clause as well as fighting off the interest of Real Madrid and now PSG.
Abramovich is happy to bankroll a move for a top level striker this summer but is wary of investing a figure close to the £50million he spent taking Fernando Torres from Liverpool in a single player again.
Returning manager Jose Mourinho will now look to monitor the situations around Borussia Dortmund’s Lewandowski who is keen to move to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich but may have to settle fro a move elsewhere as Dortmund officials are refusing to negotiate with their Champions League conquerors.
Closer to home, Mourinho will eagerly await the outcome of the talks between Rooney and new boss David Moyes this week as word emerged yesterday from Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan that the player is serious about moving away from Old Trafford.
Chelsea are aware of the complications in looking to buy Rooney from the Premier League champions but Mourinho is confident he and Abramovich can put together a package that would be attractive enough to both player and club.
Having agreed to pay Cavani £250,000 a week to take him to Stamford Bridge, wages for either player will not be a problem but both deals will be complicated by the club’s unwillingness to negotiate.
The players though appear to be more amenable to move with Lewandowski thought to be willing to be keen on a move to England should his first choice of Bayern not be possible and Rooney known to be an admirer of Mourinho.
PSG’s entry into the Cavani chase may force United’s hand in deal with another English club as if they outbid Real Madrid and land their man it is likely the Liga side will take Luis Suarez from Liverpool, leaving United with few options but to sell Rooney to the highest bidder.
If Rooney expresses a desire to leave, United officials will seek a speedy resolution as Moyes wants to shape his squad as early as possible in the transfer window and would be hampered by the £250,000 a week wage of Rooney sitting on the books.