In an ideal world, Chelsea would have signed Erling Haaland, not Man City. The Blues would have also predicted it would not work so well with Romelu Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge and the bad blood between both parties would not exist. Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world, so we continuously have to pay for our past mistakes.
Lukaku is close to making a return to Inter Milan with Chelsea and the Serie A side in contact over a loan. And while they conclude the perfect deal to please both parties, Thomas Tuchel is keen on moving forward in the transfer window. Quite frankly, I think every Chelsea fan probably feels the same way.
With Lukaku out of the picture, Chelsea need to dig deep to replace him with a reliable goal scorer and it doesn’t get more reliable than Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker is eager to leave this summer and venture on a new journey. He reportedly prefers a move to Barcelona but Tuchel has not given up yet.
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According to ESPN’s James Olley, Tuchel wants Lewandowski to replace Lukaku this summer. I can’t say that I am surprised. The only answer to Liverpool’s signing of Darwin Nunez and Man City’s signing of Haaland is completing a transfer for Lewandowski. It’s that simple. At the moment, only Karim Benzema compares to the prolific goal-scoring ability that Lewandowski possesses.
As it stands, Barcelona are in pole position for Lewandowski. He wants the move, but the La Liga side are yet to make it happen for various financial reasons. La Liga’s salary cap has caused a series of issues for the Catalans and their ability to have a successful window. The cap is preventing Barcelona from registering Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen despite being a free agent. I could only wonder what the next steps will be when they have to pay Bayern Munich a fee for their star striker.
SPORT reports Lewandowski has already turned down approaches from both Chelsea and PSG. His preference is Barcelona. Interestingly, Tuchel does not want to give up. Olley reports that the Chelsea boss has encouraged the Blues to go after the Poland international regardless.
It doesn’t hurt to try, I guess. It would be a dream scenario to replace Lukaku with a player of Lewandowski’s calibre. The 33-year-old is ageing like fine wine in the beautiful game, and whilst he might not be a long-term solution, he would be the best solution.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have both made a statement and potentially widening the gap between themselves and Chelsea with their new signings. Nunez and Haaland will look to light up the Premier League in the upcoming season yet the Blues still don’t have an equivalent.
It’s not the end of the world if we don’t sign Lewandowski – it’ll just make life a tad bit easier if we did.
Source by Football London