Spanish giants Barcelona want to sign Polish legend Lewandowski this summer after confirming he wants to leave Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski scored 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern last season and 344 goals in 375 appearances during his eight-year spell at the German club.
But the 33-year-old confirmed earlier in the week that he is looking for a new challenge this summer, saying his “story is over” at Bayern Munich.
Given Lewandowski’s position, Barcelona are optimistic they will bring him to the Nou Camp in the coming weeks, but Chelsea’s Lukaku has emerged as a back-up option.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo say Barcelona will look for a move for runaway striker Lukaku if a deal for Lewandowski doesn’t materialise.
Lukaku, who only returned to Chelsea last summer, is keen to leave Stamford Bridge after a dismal season in which he scored just eight Premier League goals.
The Belgian would ideally like to return to Inter Milan but whether the Italians are able to secure his signature remains to be seen. even though Lukaku takes a pay cut.
But Lukaku has no shortage of options this summer as reports in Spain indicate that Bayern Munich are also considering Lukaku as a replacement for Lewandowski if they fail to sign Mane from Liverpool.
Mane is said to have agreed a deal with Bayern, but clubs have yet to reach an agreement for a player who helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final last month and challenge for the treble.
Chris Sutton, the former Premier League striker, has said it would be a “big blow” for Liverpool if influential striker Mane leaves Anfield.
“If you’re Liverpool you don’t want to sell it for any amount,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.
“They would bounce back strongly with Mane still in a Liverpool shirt. I’m not saying he’s irreplaceable, as Klopp’s recruitment has been great, but Liverpool’s level of consistency has been reduced to this forward line.
“Mane has been so versatile – he plays on the left, in the middle in that fake nine position – and I think they would struggle to replace him very quickly.
“I can’t think of another player who would come in quickly and do the job he did. I think it would be a big blow for Liverpool if he left.
Former Italy star Antonio Cassano, meanwhile, said last month that he would boycott Barcelona games if they sign struggling Chelsea striker Lukaku.
Speaking on BoboTV, the former Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Sampdoria star said: “I’m in love with Barca’s philosophy, but if they sign Lukaku, I won’t watch any more matches.”
“He can’t play three passes with Chelsea where he has no competition, at Barcelona they play 55 passes before going on goal, how could he do that?”
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