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Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea interest in top Barcelona target

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has not ruled the club out from signing Robert Lewandowski.

The 33-year-old striker wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer and favors Barcelona as his next club. However, to prize him away from Germany, teams may have to pay a transfer fee of around €50 million. That, on top of Bayern’s reluctance to sell and Barca’s financial woes, has made the situation quite complex.

For this reason, Chelsea and PSG continue to be linked with Lewandowski as outside contenders in the event a move to Barcelona falls through.

‘He is one of the best No9s’

Now, while Tuchel is happy with his attacking options after the €56 million signing of Raheem Sterling, the Chelsea coach hasn’t ruled out a move for Lewandowski – despite admitting it’s unlikely to happen.

“I don’t think we have a chance for Lewandowski, but if there is a chance… he is one of the best No9s,” said Tuchel on the Evening Standard.

“It does not make sense that I comment about players from other teams and I will not start doing it. Of course, there are top No9s out there. But we are happy with what we have at the moment. The priority is not on the No9 position right now.

“We have our top priority [Sterling], we have got our top priority signed. It makes me very, very happy and from there we are very flexible. Our goal threat should be enough right now. If we think something crazy comes up that we don’t see, maybe we will get involved, maybe not. But the priority is not there now.”

Chelsea, who are on the verge of signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, have ruled out a move for Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Blues will play Club America on Sunday for a pre-season friendly in Las Vegas.