Chelsea give up on Erling Haaland to bid £50m for Robert Lewandowski

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Chelsea have reportedly given up on their desire to sign Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland. They have decided to chase after Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Futballnews reported that the Premier League club offered Dortmund players and cash for the services of Haaland, but Dortmund refused to accept the offer.

According to reports, the Bundesliga club wants nothing less than £150 million before they can allow the 20-year-old Norwegian striker to leave the club this summer.

But Chelsea are not willing to pay such a huge amount of money on a player. Hence, the coach of the club, Thomas Tuchel has identified Robert Lewandowski as a better option.

Reports in the UK claimed that Chelsea are preparing a £50 million bid for the 32-year-old Polish striker who finished last season as the top scorer in Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski won German Bundesliga top scorer award last season.
Robert Lewandowski won German Bundesliga top scorer award last season.

Since Tuchel arrived in the Premier League in the second half of the 2020-2021 season, he has drastically improved the fortunes of Chelsea but he has not been able to get enough goals from his attackers.

With the departure of Chelsea’s veteran French striker, Olivier Giroud to AC Milan, and the uncertain future of Tammy Abraham, Chelsea are desperately in need of a proven striker.

Recall that the club created a series of chances last season that were wasted by mostly the club’s new signing Timo Werner. Hence, Tuchel does not want a repetition of that in the coming 2021-2022 season.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel.

Fortunately for the club, Robert Lewandowski who has been playing for Bayern Munich since July 1, 2014, after leaving Dortmund for free, had reportedly said he wants to have a taste of Premier League football.

With such a statement, Chelsea are inspired to tempt Bayern Munich with £50 million even though he is worth £54 million in the transfer market.

The 32-year-old Polish striker who still has two years on his contract with Bayern Munich is seen as one of the hottest strikers in the world, especially in the last three seasons. He helped Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League title in 2020 and helped the club to consistently win the Bundesliga title.

Aside from that, he has been dominating the goalscorer chart in the league since he switched to the club in the 2014-2015 season. Hence, it might be difficult for Bayern Munich to allow the Polish striker to leave this summer.

The only thing the club might consider before they could allow the player to leave is the player’s age. Bayern might believe that they might not be able to get such a huge amount of money for the player beyond this transfer window.

Aside from that, Bayern Munich are one of the clubs that have shown interest in Erling Haaland but they are planning to wait until 2022 summer to trigger his release clause which is just £68 million. If they sell Lewandowski to Chelsea for £50 million this summer, it will help them prepare for the pursuit of Haaland financially next summer.