Chelsea: Journalist issues exciting striker transfer update

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Journalist Graeme Bailey has said on the Talking Transfers podcast that he could see Robert Lewandowski turning up at Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 33-year-old is seemingly on his way out of Bayern Munich, having told Sky Germany back in May of his intention to leave the Bavarian outfit this summer. 

However, he isn’t out of contract in Munich until the summer of 2023, and club president Herbert Hainer has told BILD that Bayern fully are fully intent on him seeing out the remainder of the deal.

Mundo Deportivo has stated that the goal-laden striker has his heart set on a move to Barcelona, but as the cash-strapped Catalans continue to struggle financially, it could leave the door open for Chelsea to swoop in and take advantage of the situation.

While £98.5m flop Romelu Lukaku appears close to an exit, it could spark the Blues’ transfer window into life, and with plenty of time remaining, Bailey thinks a move for Lewandowski – who was labelled ‘unbelievable’ by German broadcaster DW – is totally plausible.

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He said: “I think they are one of the teams in the mix, for sure. I could see him going there for a year replacing Lukaku, then he moves to Barca and Chelsea get their striker. 

“I think there’s a lot of options here. It’s one to keep an eye on. It’s not a priority at this moment for Chelsea, but they’ve been kept informed of events and there’s a long way to go in this window.”

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Thomas Tuchel does appear intent on adding a winger this summer, as Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele have been heavily linked with a move to west London with the Blues thought to be interested in acquiring both.

Perhaps this is a sign that Tuchel is hoping to revamp his frontline, but whether or not those plans contain an out-and-out centre-forward remains to be seen.

The side who finished third in the Premier League last term are also set to battle Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the signature of Everton frontman Richarlison, and while he is a different striker to Lewandowski, it perhaps does illustrate that the German coach will be sticking with a recognized No 9. 

Hailed as the ‘complete’ player in that position by German icon Lothar Matthaus, there is perhaps no one better out there than the 132-cap Poland international, and after 344 goals and 72 assists in 374 appearances for Bayern, Chelsea could certainly do with his services.

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