Chelsea are ahead of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the race to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to reports. The Polish frontman has scored 139 goals in four seasons with the Bundesliga giants, since arriving from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2014. He has three years remaining on his contract at Bayern but he is expected to leave this summer after changing his agent.
Lewandowski is now represented by super-agent Pini Zahavi, and it is believed the move is an indication of his desire to join a Premier League club. Zahavi was involved in a number of high-profile transfers in England, including Rio Ferdinand’s £30million move from Leeds to Manchester United, and also helped Roman Abramovich purchase Chelsea in 2013. Those links with Stamford Bridge are apparently crucial in the Blues’ pusuit of the Poland international and, according to Bleacher Report, they are leading the race for his signature this summer ahead of other European giants.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in the 29-year-old. Los Blancos chiefs planning an overhaul of their attack this summer, with Karim Benzema heavily linked with an exit. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also believed to be keeping tabs on the situation. The Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku last summer for £75million but will lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer and are keen to replace the Swedish star. Chelsea have of course signed top strikers in recent windows – they landed Alvaro Morata from Real last summer and took Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January.
But neither have been able to replace Diego Costa, who returned to Atletico Madrid after a troubled – yet prolific – spell in west London, and Chelsea bosses regard Lewandowski as the perfect man to lead their line.