Signing a new striker is a top priority for Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel this summer.
The German, who replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge back in January, is yet to make his first signing since arriving in west London, meaning frustrations within the fan base are starting to mount.
However, it is not for a lack of trying. Chelsea are desperate to add to the squad this summer, most certainly in the final third, with Tuchel having earmarked landing a new striker as his top priority for this summer’s window.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is the club’s top target to bolster their attacking options, but with Dortmund reluctant to let go of their star man it means that Chelsea are being forced to consider alternative options.
One of those is Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski, who has made a name for himself for being one of the best goal-getters in European football in recent years.
With that in mind, football.london has taken a close look at all the very latest concerning Lewandowski’s future and Chelsea’s interest in his signature.
Chelsea line-up big-money offer
Chelsea have identified Lewandowski as a suitable alternative to Haaland and are lining up a £50million bid for his services.
That is according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Chelsea are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks with the Poland international.
Although the Blues are very much keen on landing the striker, they face a challenge to make it possible Bayern want Lewandowski to sign a new contract, even though his current deal does not expire until the summer of 2023.
Likely to be a cheaper option than Haaland, though, Lewandowski could be a more likely candidate to make the move to west London.
Although Chelsea are now seemingly running the rule over both Haaland and Lewandowski, both strikers have complimented each others talents in the past.
The pair of them, last season, were in direct competition for the Bundesliga Golden Boot, but despite their rivalry remain willing to admire each other’s talents.
Earlier this year, Haaland revealed that he could “learn a lot from Lewandowski.”
Haaland said: “Robert Lewandowski is crazy. It’s just crazy. When I score a goal I always think ‘one goal closer to him’ and then he just scores a hat-trick again, like it’s the most normal thing in the world.
“What he does is crazy. He’s crazy. I can learn a lot from him.
“First of all he is technically very strong and also in game building.”
Lewandowski would love to ‘experience’ the Premier League
Amid ongoing links concerning Lewandowski and a move to Stamford Bridge, the Poland international has admitted in the past that he would like to experience playing in the Premier League one day.
The striker was very close to arriving in England many years ago, only for the Icelandic volcanic eruptions to disrupt air travel and deny him a move to Blackburn Rovers.
Nevertheless, the striker admitted several years ago that he would still like to play in England one day.
“I will be able to sign a contract [with any club] in January, but I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern,” Lewandowski told The Telegraph all the way back in 2013.
“It was a misunderstanding. It is true I had an opportunity to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson [ in 2012], but we didn’t mention the transfer.
“One day I would like to play in Premier League. It would be a great experience.”
Blues ‘open talks’
Chelsea have held discussions with Lewandowski’s agent – Pini Zahavi – about the prospect of signing the striker this summer.
The Blues are keen to step up their pursuit of the former Dortmund man and discussions with his representative have been held.
How far the talks are down the line has not been reported, but the fact that discussions have been held shows how serious Chelsea are about getting this deal done.
Although he would not cost as much as Haaland, it would still not be a cheap signing to pull off.
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