According to Sky Sports, both Chelsea and Manchester United have held preliminary talks with representatives of Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski.
The striker only signed a new deal with Bayern at the end of last year, tying him to the German club until 2021.
However, he recently stated that he was disappointed by his teammate’s support in his efforts to win the German Golden Boot award, which he missed out on by one goal to Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Any move for Lewandowski would be a big one this summer. It would not be a major leap from Lewandowski being unhappy at Bayern to the striker’s representatives discussing a move away from Bavaria.
One of the best strikers in the world game
There is no need to wonder why the likes of Chelsea and United are interested in signing Lewandowski. The Poland international is quite simply one of the best strikers in the world.
Some would say the 28-year-old is the best out-and-out number nine in the world. For the past half a decade Lewandowski has been highly prolific in the Bundesliga for both Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Last season he scored 30 goals in the Bundesliga in just 33 appearances, matching his tally for the previous in the German top-flight. In fact, there is only one campaign in the last six that the striker has not scored more than 20 league goals. Even then, he notched 17.
Lewandowski is not just a goalscorer, though. His all round play is regarded as some of the finest in a player of his position. As a lone striker, he is almost perfect.
Might cause a ripple in the market
A player of Lewandowski’s quality becoming available will cause ripples in the transfer market. Previously both Chelsea and Manchester United fancied Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata.
Meanwhile, Chelsea seemed to be the likely destination of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. However, if as indeed suggested that Lewandowski is in talks with both clubs that could change everything this summer.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa looks set to leave the Blues, after reportedly receiving a text from boss Antonio Conte to say he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish international is constantly linked with moves back to Atletico Madrid and to the lucrative Chinese Super League. One thing seems sure his relationship with the club has soured over the last six months.
If Chelsea asked their fans if they wanted Lukaku or Lewandowski as Costa’s replacement. I do believe they would say the latter. At 28 Lewandowski is in the prime of his career and his all-round game is far superior to his 24-year-old alternative.
Lukaku no doubt has more potential and is four years younger. However, it is debatable whether the Belgium striker’s game will ever reach that Lewandowski in the future.
United meanwhile are looking for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker is out of contract in the next few weeks.
Lewandowski would be a fantastic addition to the Premier League
As I have talked about in the past, I feel the Premier League lacks the star power of La Liga. However, if a Premier League club could sign Lewandowski he would be a fantastic addition to the English top-flight.
Chelsea are currently favourites to sign the striker at odds of 5/4, with United not too far behind at odds of 13/8. If either side signs the striker then it will be a massive boost ahead of next season.
The Polish international is the sort of player whose goals can fire a team to a title. Even though I am not a supporter of either of the teams mentioned above, I do believe Lewandowski would add something special to the English top-flight, even if he may score against my team!
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