Chelsea to use striker sale to fund move for ex United target?

According to reports, the Blues will offload an out-of-favour forward in order to finance a move for a former Manchester United target.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will allow in-form striker Romelu Lukaku to continue to develop at Everton but, in order to relieve the goal-scoring burden from the Blues midfield, will consider selling Demba Ba to Valencia for £7m in January so that there are funds available for a cut-price deal on Borussia Dortmund's in-demand attacker Robert Lewandowski.

Out of Chelsea's three recognised strikers, Demba Ba struggles the most for pitch-time and goals. The January recruit from Newcastle United may just spend one calendar year at Stamford Bridge as, according to Metro, Valencia are readying a mid-season bid.

It is expected that the relations between the two clubs will help the negotiating and transferring process as the La Liga side obtained Oriol Romeu on loan.

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The money received from any prospective Ba deal could, according to Daily Mail, go straight toward the financing of Chelsea's pursuit of Lewandowski, whose contract with Dortmund is fast expiring and Borussia are desperate to keep the Pole away from Bayern Munich and so are eager to do business mid-season.

The chase for Lewandowski may have become a one-horse race as, earlier this week, Express reported that Manchester United would not become embroiled in any auctioning of the forward.

Lewandowski had been a long term target of Sir Alex Ferguson but new manager David Moyes appears content with the form of United duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

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