Chelsea are set to turn their attention to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, following their failed bid for Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.
The Champions League winners are currently in the market for a new striking addition ahead of the new season, having allowed Olivier Giroud to depart for AC Milan this week and with Tammy Abraham seemingly surplus to requirements.
While it was a hugely successful end to the season for Thomas Tuchel’s side, the fact that Abraham – who barely featured following the German’s appointment – was the club’s joint-top scorer with just 12 goals is a sign of concern, with last summer’s acquisition Timo Werner failing to reproduce his prolific Bundesliga form.
The Blues do have a plethora of attacking options and have successfully deployed Kai Havertz in a centre-forward berth at times, yet there is seemingly a need for a genuine, world-class striking addition this summer.
The club’s main target appears to be Dortmund man Haaland, the Norwegian having fired in 57 goals in just 59 games for the German club, yet they have reportedly failed with a player-plus-cash deal for the 21-year-old, with some reports suggesting he would only be available for bids in excess of £150m.
The former Molde striker does have a £64m release clause in his contract that comes into effect next summer, yet it seems that Chelsea aren’t ready to wait, the Sun reporting that they are set to turn their attentions towards Bayern Munich man Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland international is arguably the world’s best out-and-out striker having been in lethal form over the last decade, notably netting 48 goals in just 40 games in all competitions last term, including a Bundesliga-record 41 goals in just 29 league games.
The 32-year-old – who has helped Bayern to seven successive league titles and a Champions League triumph – is reportedly after a new challenge, having been at the Allianz Arena since 2014.
The former Dortmund man is yet to sign an extension to his contract that expires in June 2023, leaving hope for potential suitors that the Bavarian giants may be willing to cash in.
While the club is reluctant to sell, the report outlines how a big bid could tempt them into a sale, with the Blues set to offer a fee in the region of £50m.