Mario Mandzukic looks set to leave the Allianz Arena and a move to Bundesliga rivals Dortmund could help build bridges between the clubs.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic could yet hit a snag if Borussia Dortmund opt to pursue a deal to land the Croatian forward.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to recruit a goalscorer this summer, following a campaign in which Fernando Torres has failed to find the net regularly for the pensioners.
And with Samuel Eto’o already gone and back-up Demba Ba also linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, a number of targets are being linked with a move to the Londoners.
Diego Costa, for instance, has long been rumoured to be closing in on a move to the Premier League giants, while Bayern outcast Mandzukic is also thought to be a target.
The former Wolfsburg hitman may have already played his last game for Die Roten, with Pepe Guardiola opting to leave the 27-year-old out of his squad for the recent German cup final.
Chelsea aren’t the only Premier League side tracking the Croat either, with Arsenal consistently linked with a move for the Bundesliga goalscorer.
However a bid from either side could be blown out of the water should Bayern strike up a deal to sell the striker to Bundesliga rivals Dortmund.
Though something of an odd suggestion, BVB would undoubtedly benefit from the deal which could go through as part of a bid to help heal the current rift between the two.
The clubs are thought to have fallen out over a disputed loan given to Dortmund by the Bavarians back at the height of the former's financial woes.
Bayern have not helped things by recruiting Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in recent years – two of Dortmund’s most influential attacking players.
Selling Mandzukic – a player rumoured to have a poor attitude at Bayern – could ultimately prove as shrewd a move as Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell William Gallas to Arsenal.
The Croatian may also prefer to stay in Germany – a country he has spent much of the last four years residing in – with Dortmund challenging both domestically and in Europe.