Earlier this week we saw the news that “several top-tier clubs” have already contacted the agent of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski about a move...and now some of those teams have been identified.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea is looking to offset the expected departures of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham by bringing in Lewandowski:
Chelsea are in the market for a new striker, with Abraham and Giroud set to depart in the summer transfer window. As a replacement, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has emerged as a potential contender.
Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku are the top two targets but Chelsea may have problems landing either. It has led them to look at potential alternatives, with the Telegraph also reporting that Bayern frontman Lewandowski is an option. Chelsea want a big-name striker to arrive at Stamford Bridge and there are not many bigger than the Poland international.
But wait...there’s more!
Not only is Chelsea — allegedly — readying its coffers for a Lewandowski bid, but Manchester United is also eager to throw its red hat into the ring. Per the Daily Express, the Red Devils are going to swipe aside their rumored interest in Erling Haaland to make a move for Lewandowski:
Manchester United are being linked with a new striker this summer with Anthony Martial not doing the business and Edinson Cavani out of contract at the end of the season. Erling Haaland has been linked with a move, but there could a cheaper, more lethal alternative.
United could land an even more prolific goalscorer in Robert Lewandowski if they pass up on the opportunity to sign Haaland this summer. It is claimed that Bayern Munich are willing to let their star striker leave for £69m at the end of the season. However, Sky in Germany claim that Lewandowski is available for a move this summer, with several clubs on his radar.
This speculation, of course, is undoubtedly the handy work of Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi. Lewandowski will be 33-years-old in August and his contract runs through 2023. While there is still more than a year before a contract extension really needs to be discussed, it appears that Zahavi is mobilizing his rumor mill minions to help expedite that process.
As of now, there is no reason for Bayern Munich fans to fear that the Polish Hitman will leave Germany, but it could be a rocky few weeks (months?) of rumors and innuendo until the club clarifies its position on a new deal for the Poland international.