Speculation linking Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea has intensified this week, with reports suggesting the Poland international could be heading to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Bookmakers have slashed the chances of Lewandowski moving to Stamford Bridge to just 2/1, with punters clearly feeling that Chelsea are likely to spend heavily during the transfer window in order to boost their limited attacking prowess.
After winning the Premier League last season, the Blues have been unable to replicate the same form this time around, with even Champions League qualification becoming increasingly unlikely.
Alvaro Morata has been out of form since the start of the year, while Olivier Giroud is viewed as little more than a backup option up front. He is clearly past his prime at 31 years old and despite his experience, he is not someone that can be relied on to help a club win trophies at this stage of his career.
After spending the past four years with Bayern Munich and winning everything on offer in Germany, Lewandowski is likely to fancy that now is the right time to try out a fresh challenge with another European heavyweight – and perhaps a club that can challenge for the Champions League.
The Blues, however, could face strong competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the race to sign Lewandowski. Los Blancos are likely to also undergo a major squad revolution during the summer as they have also been below par in their defence of the La Liga title.
One of the players who Zinedine Zidane’s side are likely to replace is Karim Benzema and there will not be many better potential replacements than Lewandowski.
“He [Lewandowski] wants to go to Real Madrid,” football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports. “It’s 100 percent certain, no matter what he says or his agent says. But the problem is, it’s not going to be easy.”