The tabloid claims that the Blues want a first-option on the Polish forward that is expected to leave the Champions League finalists this summer and this is the reason why there has been a delay over the decision to sell De Bruyne.
De Bruyne seems to be at the crux of everything according to certain quarters of the media that have previously said that the future of the young Belgian was holding up Andre Schurrle’s move from Bayer Leverkusen also.
I don’t believe De Bruyne will demand any move before a new manager is announced at Stamford Bridge as they may want him to be in the first-team squad for next season and I don’t see any logic in having a first-option on Lewandowski, who has only one more year remaining on his contract.
But it does seem as though Dortmund are keen on the Chelsea midfielder and although they may not plan to sell him, they must get the maximum out of the deal as the player is in demand. I wouldn’t mind if it did turn out to be a part-exchange deal for Lewandowski as Radamel Falcao looks to be going to AS Monaco and we need a new forward. Dortmund would prefer to sell their star striker to Chelsea than to league rivals Bayern Munich, but his heart may already be set on the Allianz Arena.
Even if the deal for our next manager was done and it’s Jose Mourinho according to a multitude of media sources across Europe and even Rafael Benitez has hinted at his return, I don’t think it’s likely that he would have made a decision over whether or not he wants to use De Bruyne next season and will probably want to give a few loan returnees a chance to impress during the pre-season.
Basically, unless we’re definitely getting a quality player like Lewandowski in return we should hold back on the De Bruyne decision.