Chelsea and Manchester City are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez and will make a move for the striker, if their bid to land Napoli's Edinson Cavani fails to materialize, according to the Daily Mail.
Gomez has fallen down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena this season, with Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic given preference over the German for a place in the starting XI.
Gomez has only made nine starts in all competitions for Bayern this season but has made the most of his opportunities, scoring 10 goals. The 27-year-old was the top scorer for the Bavarians last season, netting 40 goals in all competitions, including 12 in the Champions League. The player's agent Uli Ferber has hinted his client would listen to other offers.
"Mario is not happy about his situation," Ferber said.
However, Gomez may be willing to wait it out for the start of manager Pep Guardiola's tenure next season, which could open up new opportunities for him with the Bundesliga champions. Should the striker fail to get the amount of game time he needs, there are a lot of clubs across Europe who will be willing to jump at the opportunity and snap him up.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle and also remain interested in Atletico Madrid star and long-time target Radamel Falcao. City are also keen on the Columbian and are reportedly looking to challenge Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United for the signature of St Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Cavani Hints at Napoli Exit
Meanwhile, Cavani has refused to rule out a move from the Serie A in the summer, though the Uruguayan insisted he would give everything for the club as long as he is with Napoli. The Italians are currently second in the table, trailing leaders Juventus by 11 points.
"I'm fine in Naples, but in football there are lots of things to consider. I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it. Second place is not guaranteed, it's up to us. We have to make it ours in the forthcoming matches. Actually, looking at the team above us, not even the championship is decided. We will do everything we can," he said.