Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the latest clubs to be linked with a move for Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Manchester United were reportedly leading the chase for the player throughout Euro 2012, and recent quotes from the 23-year-old were said to have put Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson on ‘red alert’, according to The Daily Mail.
“This (the Premier League) is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens sometime. Although I am happy at Dortmund I always like to aspire to greater heights,” he told Polish TV.
However, ESPN now claims that new Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has made the first real move for the player, with a £17 million bid tabled – and rejected – for the Bundesliga hitman.
The Blues were initially thought to be chasing Napoli star Edinson Cavani, but a £35 million price-tag appears to have put pay to any possible Stamford Bridge switch.
"Chelsea have been offered Cavani, but not everybody at the club thinks he is the right player to suit their formation. The Polish centre-forward is the one the club bid for, but the offer was rejected," said an ESPN source.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been keeping tabs on the player, according to various reports in the British media, with the Frenchman continuing to assess his options as the Robin Van Persie saga drags on at the Emirates Stadium.
Stevan Jovetic is also said to be a target for the Gunners.
New Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas is also in the hunt for the player, according to The Evening Standard, with the Pole one of two attackers wanted at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are also hoping to secure the permanent addition of Emmanuel Adebayor, who impressed on loan in north London under Harry Redknapp last season.