Chelsea and Man United in battle for Lewandowski and United also eye Tottenham’s Bale

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CHELSEA and Manchester United could battle it out for the signing of Robert Lewandowski.

The Daily Mirror report that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will switch his sights back to Borussia Dortmund’s 24-year-old striker if he is unable to sign Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, 26.

Man United have been linked with the player too, but according to the Daily Star they will will turn their attention to Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, 23, if they fail to convince Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, to return to Old Trafford.

But Bale’s future at White Hart Lane has been made “clear” to Spurs target Paulinho, report the Daily Mail. The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder reveals he is on the verge of joining from Corinthians, with assurances given about Bale staying at the club.

Other transfer stories:

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, 28, are fading as the Welsh club are refusing to lower their £10m asking price. Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, 27, tops the list of targets for Manchester City as they look to replace Carlos Tevez. Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo are also in contention. Full story: The Independent

West Bromwich Albion are interested in Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, 24, with the former Swansea player hoping to go out on loan. Full story: The Sun

Liverpool are monitoring Mamadou Sakho’s situation as the Paris St-Germain defender, 23, stalls on signing a new contract. Sakho made his senior international debut for France in a 2-1 win over England at Wembley in November 2010. Full story: Daily Express

Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace have agreed a fee to sign Peterborough United striker Dwight Gayle. The 22-year-old spent the 2011-12 season on loan at non-league Bishop’s Stortford. Full story: talkSPORT

Swansea City are hopeful they will complete the signing of Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem, despite the Dutch club’s denial that a deal has been agreed for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast striker. Full story: Guardian

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, has hinted he would be happy to follow striker Carlos Tevez in taking a pay cut and moving to Juventus. Full story: Guardian

Marseille have confirmed the signing of Lille forward Dimitri Payet, 26, subject to a medical. Full story: Sportinglife.com

Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu, 19, is a loan target for a number of English clubs which include Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. Brighton’s new manager Oscar Garcia is also keen, though Arsenal are regarded as favourites. Full story: Mundodeportivo