Chelsea have attempted to hijack Barcelona’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski, the star striker for Bayern Munich.
As the new season approaches, Chelsea want to steal Barcelona’s hold on Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
This is because the transfer saga that has garnered the most attention this summer is still in progress.
After helping the German giants win their 10th consecutive championship, the 33-year-old marksman is determined to leave the team in search of a new challenge.
Lewandowski’s acquisition would be a statement move for new Chelsea owner Todd Boelhy and an impressive countermove to Liverpool’s acquisition of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland by Manchester City.
Barcelona has always been the Polish international’s top preference, but Bayern — which has unsuccessfully fought to retain its prized asset — demands £42 million up front.
Due to the financial difficulties facing the Spanish powerhouses, Chelsea and PSG have taken steps to entice Lewandowski to play in the Premier Division and the French league, respectively.
According to Sky Germany, Barcelona will provide Robert Lewandowski with a final transfer proposal today.
Within the next few hours, Camp Nou officials plan to submit a bid for €50 million (£42.2 million) plus bonuses, and a deal has been called “probable” to close this week.
That would satisfy Bayern Munich’s demand because they want to use the funds to sign Matthijs de Ligt of the Netherlands national team and Juventus.
While Thomas Tuchel, who is out with his team on the first leg of their US tour, would consider him to be a better match for the team he is constructing than 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, the player is reportedly open to both offers.
Last season, Lewandowski scored 50 goals across all competitions, giving him 193 goals over the previous four seasons.
Within the next 48 hours, Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of City and England winger Raheem Sterling.
The former Liverpool player is scheduled to fly out to begin Chelsea’s preseason training.
Lewandowski has made no secret of his intention to leave Bavaria this summer, despite resuming training on Tuesday.
The former Borussia Dortmund star told Polish media outlet OnetSport last month, while on Poland’s international duty: “I just want to leave Bayern.
The value of loyalty and respect outweighs the necessity of labor.
The best course of action is to resolve the issue jointly. They weren’t interested in hearing me out.
I lost something inside of me, and I will never recover from it. You can not make up for it, even if you try to be professional.
I spent a lot of time at the club, was always ready and available, and despite discomfort and injury, I gave it my all.
In my opinion, the best course of action is to find a good solution for both parties. Moreover, avoid seeking a lopsided solution.
Not now, not after such a prosperous period of time, and not with my desire and support, am I looking for a unilateral answer.”
With Romelu Lukaku failing last season and now returning on loan to Inter Milan for a season, Chelsea may need a quality signing up front in the summer.
Lewandowski may be interested in signing with the Blues if he can’t get his choice transfer to the Nou Camp, but it’s unclear how practical a deal for him would be at this point.