Chelsea have launched a spectacular hijacking bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
As Thomas Tuchel plans an attacking facelift at Stamford Bridge, the Blues and Paris Saint-Germain have entered the hunt for Lewandowski’s services.
Bayern Munich has now accepted the situation and is willing to let the 33-year-old leave this summer, putting Europe’s leading teams on high alert.
And, as Barcelona’s pursuit stalls owing to budgetary constraints, The Independent reports that Lewandowski is weighing offers from Chelsea and PSG.
The La Liga giants are still Lewandowski’s first choice for a fresh challenge in his great career. However, Bayern’s insistence to get the entire £42 million (€50 million) fee upfront is currently proving too difficult amid financial turmoil at Camp Nou.
A new striker is not a priority for Thomas Tuchel this summer. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, on the other hand, is ready to seize a chance, as he did with Cristiano Ronaldo in recent conversations with Jorge Mendes.
The ball is still firmly in Barcelona’s court, but if they are unable to reach Bayern’s asking price, a blockbuster Premier League transfer might be on the cards.
Tuchel could overhaul his front line this summer after allowing Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan just one year after rejoining Chelsea for £97.5 million.
The Blues are also likely to make their first signing of the Boehly era, having agreed a £50 million agreement to capture Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
The fates of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner remain uncertain and Lewandowski’s arrival would further complicate matters!
As Chelsea look to build on a disappointing 2021/22 season, Boehly is anticipated to bring in as many as six new players this summer, including two strikers and two center-backs.
Lewandowski has established himself as one of the game’s greatest strikers, and his arrival in the Premier League would be thrilling to watch.
The possibility of the towering Pole collaborating alongside Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in Paris, on the other hand, is equally tantalising, and PSG would be fierce adversaries in a prospective transfer war.
Barcelona appear to have prioritised Leeds United winger Raphinha as their first forward signing of the summer transfer season, suggesting a willingness to pay more than £60 million to gain his signature.
It remains to be seen whether they will have the financial means to bring in Lewandowski on top without funds raised by player sales remains to be seen!