Chelsea cannot hope to attract Lewandowski without Champions League football

Chelsea are pressing ahead with their summer transfer plans despite Roman Abramovich’s visa issues and have installed Bayern Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski as their top summer transfer target, according to the Telegraph. 

The Polish hitman is an elite talent but there is little chance of him departing the German champions, especially for a club that has just finished outside the Champions League and looks set for more managerial upheaval this summer.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that the Pole is the Blues’ main summer target and they are pushing ahead for a deal that could come in at over £100m for the Bayern striker.

It also claims that uncertainty over the future of boss Antonio Conte – whom it will cost £10m to remove – is no barrier to progressing with the signing of Lewandowski.

It goes on to say that the bumper transfer fee would be balanced by the sale of Alvaro Morata, who only joined the club last summer but has struggled to deal with the pressure of replacing Diego Costa.

Chelsea’s hopes are slim

Why would Lewandowski leave the team that sweeps all before them in Germany and who pushed Real Madrid all the way in the semi-finals of the Champions League?

The Blues will not even be in Europe’s elite competition next season and it should worry Lewandowski that the club want to sign him regardless of the identity of the next manager in charge at the club and the style of football he wants to play.

Even at £100m, which may tempt Bayern to sell, Chelsea would surely face competition from across Europe for the signature of one of Europe’s elite strikers.