The transfer window in England is already open as it is set to close prior to the new season kicks off in mid-August. The rumour mills are already rounding up crazy transfer updates and some of them are pretty hard to ignore.
Chelsea, the 2017-18 Premier League champions, had a disappointing spell this term where they finished outside ‘top four’, thus, failed to qualify for next season’s prestigious Champions League football. An FA Cup triumph might not be enough for Antonio Conte to retain his managerial role, however, the board must spend big this summer irrespective of whom they appoint as the next Blues boss.
As per latest reports, Chelsea are desperately pursuing a move for Bayern Munich marksman Robert Lewandowski and are ready to pay as much as £100 mil to buy his services. The 29-year-old Polish star had yet another successful campaign for the Bavarians as he netted 41 goals across all competitions – 29 of those were netted in the league which made him Bundesliga’s top-scorer having narrowly missed it out last season to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Blues failed to replace Diego Costa upfront as the highly-rated Spaniard Alvaro Morata failed to retain the form of his early months for all season. Olivier Giroud, the winter recruit from Arsenal, had a few impressive occasions but the management is looking for an upgrade and the profile of Lewandowski ticks all the boxes for at least a couple of seasons. He is a proper modern-day ‘number 9’ who has an incredible goal-poaching instinct, dominates inside the box with his strong aerial and physical presence, sharp with both feet, quick in his movements and also possesses strong holding attribute that allows space for his co-attackers to link-up high up the pitch and creates goal-bound opportunities.
The Polish superstar is under contract until June 2021 at Allianz Arena but has been heavily linked to a move to Spain amid strong interests from Real Madrid who are likely to offload Karim Benzema and in search of a prolific goal-scoring forward. Lewandowski won the Bundesliga title twice with Borussia Dortmund before his Bosman transfer to league counterparts Bayern Munich where he clinched the title for four consecutive terms. He, however, is yet to achieve the Champions League glory, therefore, the Madrid giants are the most likely destination for the veteran forward.
Chelsea, having made it only to the Europa League, will find it hard to convince the star attacker. However, the Madrid talks seem to have cooled down of late due to a £88 mil transfer fee set by the Bavarians and the London giants must throw everything now to strike a deal for the Polish hitman.