The news that Chelsea are in the running to sign striker Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich should be music to the ears of Blues fans.
The Poland captain has reportedly hired super-agent Pini Zahavi to negotiate a deal to release him from the Bundesliga leaders. Chelsea should pull out all the stops to secure his services.
Antonio Conte’s side are the early favourites at 6/4 to land the 29-year-old, with Real Madrid priced at 2/1.
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Why Chelsea? Well, the speculation has to do with former Real Madrid forward, Alvaro Morata. After a bright start to his Chelsea career, a big dip in form and an ongoing back injury have hampered his progress. Morata has scored just 12 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, although this tally is in keeping with his normal strike rate throughout his career. The Spanish international has bagged 83 goals in 242 senior appearances and that ratio simply isn’t good enough for a club who are aiming to challenge for everything every year.
Chelsea have scored 50 goals in the Premier League this season, the lowest of any of the top six sides, but Lewandowski would add a completely different dimension to their attacking play.
The Polish star has scored 29 goals in 34 appearances for Bayern this season, taking his career record to 304 in 482 matches at club level. A further 51 goals in 91 games for Poland further highlight Lewandowski’s talent and his signing would be a huge statement of intent by Chelsea—or anyone in football.
Conte’s side have failed to hit the same level they reached during their title winning season in 2016/17, and Morata’s struggles haven’t helped their cause. The Chelsea boss clearly doesn’t fancy Michy Batshuayi after sending the Belgian striker out on loan to Borussia Dortmund. And while Olivier Giroud was an astute addition to the squad, but he’s not someone you could see leading a team to the title.
All of Chelsea’s silverware rivals have forwards who are hitting the back of the net on a regular basis and it’s an area that Conte must address if his side are to compete properly next term.
Lewandowski’s addition would also send a message to the likes of Eden Hazard that Chelsea are serious about challenging for honours and could persuade him to reject overtures from Real Madrid.
With Lewandowski contracted to Bayern until 2021 the German champions are likely to do all they can to keep him at the club, but Chelsea should do whatever it takes to sign the striker.
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