The uncertainty over the managerial situation at Chelsea is hampering the club’s attempts to land transfer targets this summer, according to the Times.
The Times claim that potential new players are being put off by the fact that it is still not clear who will guide Chelsea into the new season and among them is Robert Lewandowski.
They name Lewandowski as a man of interest to Chelsea but claim that Bayern Munich are increasingly confident of keeping their top striker because he is not sure about a move to Stamford Bridge in the circumstances.
They also report that the Pole’s future will not be formally resolved until after the World Cup, where he could face England in the round of 16.
In contrast with the ultimately doomed pursuit of Lewandowski, a move for Juventus hitman Gonzalo Higuain – valued at £54m by Transfermarkt – looks like it makes sense for all parties.
Alvaro Morata has struggled at Stamford Bridge and a return to Turin would be logical for the Spaniard, so a swap deal could potentially be engineered.
On top of that, Mauricio Sarri has reportedly moved back into poll position to be the new man in the Chelsea dugout – bringing Blues legend Gianfranco Zola with him – and he has worked with Higuain before with great success.
During the pair’s sole season together at Napoli, Higuain broke the record for Serie A goals in one season so it is clear that Sarri’s expansive, attacking style suits the Argentine down to the ground. A West London reunion could stun the Premier League.