Chelsea still haven’t given up on Plan A – Lewandowski

Chelsea have still not given up on bringing Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge this summer, even if it is looking increasingly difficult to get a deal done before the Premier League transfer window closes next week.

The Polish international has made his situation clear to Bayern, that he would like to move, and would be happy to seal a deal with Chelsea.

Previously 29-year-old Lewandowski was only interested in quitting Munich for Real Madrid, but he has accepted a move to the Santiago Bernabeu is increasingly unlikely.

Lewandowski even went as far as appointing super agent Pini Zahavi to look after a potential move, and that was significant given how close he is to Chelsea’s hierarchy.

We revealed earlier this year that Chelsea have made it known for months that Lewandowski was their top target and now with new boss Maurizio Sarri in place – those plans remain unchanged after he made it clear he would very much like the Pole to lead his line next season.

Now Chelsea have less than two weeks to try and finalise a deal, which looks increasingly difficult given that Bayern do not want to sell.

But new Bayern coach Niko Kovac has confirmed Lewandowski does want to move.

“It’s true that Robert is thinking about playing somewhere else. Naturally, one thing is what he wants, the other is what we want,” he said.”We are FC Bayern, we have a top striker. We certainly will not let ourselves be persuaded from the outside, that’s the way to do it. Robert has a contract… he will certainly stay here as long as possible.”

Lewandowski still has three-years left on his current deal and the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists they will not be selling under any circumstance.
“With Robert, we clearly want to send a signal to people within and outside the club: Bayern Munich are completely different to other clubs who get weak when certain sums come along,” he said.
“We want to show that our door remains closed. We are completely satisfied with him, and, in his position, there are only a few players who are comparable. We have no interest in selling him and it does not matter if somebody offers 100 or 150million. The top quality we have stays with us.”

The only glimmer of hope Chelsea have is that if they do manage to progress with Lewandowski – Bayern have an extra few weeks in their window to sign other players, if they needed.

Bookmaker Coral has now slashed the odds on Chelsea signing Lewandowski to 7/4 from 4/1.

“Higuain’s looking set for AC Milan and that blow seems to have sparked Chelsea into action in their search for a striker. It looks as though they will go all out for Lewandowski and we’ve slashed the odds on the move happening,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

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