Following the impending departures of Jose Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira, Chelsea have identified the right-back position to be their number one need this summer, with Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek being the specific target.
The Blues have previously expressed a strong interest in signing Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel but the Dutchman is reportedly no longer considered the club’s top priority.
Piszczek, who was terrific during Dortmund’s German Bundesliga and DFB Pokal double last season, also put in an impressive showing during Poland’s Euro 2012 campaign and is now being linked heavily with a move to the Premier League.
Perhaps the main reason why the UEFA Champions League winners are the front-runners to land Piszczek is that their scouts have already seen the player in action several times for both club and country.
However, according to talkSPORT, a deal for the 27-year old will be difficult to conclude due to the high transfer fee he is poised to command.
With another four years left on his Borussia Dortmund contract, the German champions are expected to ask for a fee in the region of £15 million, which is almost twice the amount potential suitors are likely willing to pay.
Last summer, Bolton started off with a similarly high price tag on center-half Gary Cahill, who ultimately went to the Blues in a deal worth £7 million.
It must be noted, though, that Cahill’s contract with the Trotters was close to its expiration at the time of his move and given that Piszczek’s contract runs a lot longer, a similar cut-price deal is unlikely for Roman Abramovich’s Blues.