Chelsea are now less than a month away from the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign and their search for a new striker is still ongoing.
The German immediately earmarked Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland as his number one target, with the Norway international having starred so often for Dortmund throughout the 2020/21 campaign, netting a staggering 41 goals in 41 appearances.
However, the Bundesliga club are reluctant to lose the 20-year-old Leeds-born striker this summer, despite them being guaranteed to earn more money for him now than what they will in 12 months’ time when the release clause within his contract comes into play.
But despite months worth of rumours and discussions, Chelsea are yet to get close to Dortmund’s valuation of the striker.
Therefore, with frustrations beginning to mount and the new season edging closer and closer, Chelsea are, it seems, prepared to take their search elsewhere in their hunt for a new goal-getter. According to The Sun, the Blues, who beat Peterborough United 6-1 in their first pre-season friendly outing on Saturday, are keen on Bayern Munich goal-scoring sensation Robert Lewandowski, but the German giants, like Dortmund, have no plans to sell him.
It is reported that Chelsea are ready to launch a £50million bid to test Bayern’s resolve and try to lure the Poland international to west London. Although Bayern want to keep hold of him, and understandably so, Chelsea may stand a better chance of signing him than they are Haaland.
Admittedly, Lewandowski may be 12 years older than Haaland, but his pedigree and capabilities in front of goal speak for themselves.
Should Chelsea strike lucky in their reported pursuit of the former Dortmund man, it would no doubt earn the seal of approval from current Blues man Tammy Abraham, even though Lewandowski’s arrival at Stamford Bridge could spell the end of his time at the club.
Speaking last year ahead of the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg clash between the two clubs in August, Abraham heaped praise on Lewandowski, insisting that he was the “best striker in the world” at that time.
“For me, he [Lewandowski] is the best striker in the world right now, and that’s the level I’ve got to get to and better,” Abraham told Chelsea’s club website. “That’s what I aspire to be.
“Coming here and playing against him is a great learning curve, a great experience for me. Going into next season and onwards, I’ve got to build myself to get to those high levels.”
Abraham is not the only Chelsea player to have previously waxed lyrical about Lewandowski’s talents, as Timo Werner, who knows all about the Poland international from his time playing in Germany, also hailed his goal-scoring capabilities last year.
Although he did not describe Lewandowski as the “best striker in the world,” he did admit that he is at the same level as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You can’t score every game unless your name is Robert Lewandowski,” Werner joked last year. “When I score two in Berlin, he scores two against Dortmund and I ask myself when he’ll stop.
“He’s currently in the same category as Ronaldo and Messi.”
With those two verdicts in mind, it is fair to say that if Chelsea were to sign him his arrival would go down very well indeed, with the Pole having built up a reputation in recent years for being one of the most prolific marksmen in the world.
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