Chelsea have initiated talks with the representative of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski ahead of a possible approach, Sport Bild reports.
The Blues are keen on searching an elite striker this summer after misfiring in front of goal for most of the previous campaign.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland has emerged as the top target, but he could cost a staggering £150 million this summer.
The Blues appear unlikely to negotiate a straight-cash deal, and Lewandowski has emerged as the alternative option for the hierarchy.
It was recently reported that they could make a shock £50m bid for Lewandowski. It is now claimed that contact has been made with his agent.
The Blues have made a contract proposal that is ‘interesting’ for the player’s entourage.
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Lewandowski had a fantastic season for Bayern Munich in 2020/21, scoring 48 goals in just 40 games in all competitions.
He scored 41 goals in the German Bundesliga, breaking Gerd Muller’s all-time scoring record by nearly four decades.
Lewandowski is said to be interested in trying out for the Blues in the Premier League, but it may be difficult to persuade Bayern to trade him.
The German champions don’t have another world-class striker in their ranks, so they’re unlikely to sell him for the rumoured sum. With age, the Poland international has only become better. He’ll be 33 years old next month, but he’s still the best striker on the planet.
Bayern Munich forward Thiago Alcantara wants reassurance that the team will continue to progress so that they can contend for the Champions League on a regular basis.
Although no big investment has been made this summer, Lewandowski’s prospects of leaving Bayern are less than Haaland’s at this time. It would not be shocking if Bayern rejects offers in excess of £100 million for the striker. He will continue to play a critical role in their future ambitions.