If that is the case then the Blues should try to engineer a swap deal between the strikers, otherwise they face the prospect of being on the third rung of the transfer food chain – which is no place for a team of their financial might.
The report claims that Lewandowski is off to Real Madrid in the summer and that Bayern have turned to the Spaniard, who has endured a mixed debut season in English football as a potential replacement.
Morata, valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt, is a favourite of Antonio Conte’s but as the Italian’s future hangs in the balance as well, Bayern reportedly believe that those higher up within Stamford Bridge are willing to listen to offers.
Bayern’s alternatives include Timo Werner and Edinson Cavani but a deal for Morata might well suit all parties.
Chelsea’s interest in Lewandowski is no secret and he would be the perfect physical striker to lead the line at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact he is advancing towards 30.
If the Pole goes to Real and Bayern poach Morata, the Blues are left two levels down the transfer chain and that would be quite a galling reality to accept for a fanbase that has watched their side disintegrate for the second season in three.
The Blues have to do something – even if they are outside the Champions League next season – to reassert their status among the elite.
Morata only signed for the club last summer so he should have a long contract that can be used as leverage. Bayern are unlikely to sell Lewandowski until their replacement is lined up.
Chelsea should exploit that and do their level best to ensure Lewandowski shocks Madrid by shunning them. It would make quite the statement.