In Focus: Lewandowski would be Chelsea’s ideal Costa replacement

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Chelsea have made a surprise move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who is unsettled with life at the Bundesliga champions, but Sky Sports say that they could face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Manchester United.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking for a replacement for Diego Costa after telling the Spaniard by text message that he isn’t part of his plans for next season, and the Italian has been alerted to reports that the 28-year-old is unhappy at Bayern.

Despite yet another prolific season, the Poland international’s agent says the striker was disappointed by the lack of support from manager Carlo Ancelotti and his teammates as he looked to win the Golden Boot last season, ending the campaign a solitary goal behind Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

What did his agent say?

According to the report in the Daily Mirror, Maik Barthel said: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach [ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti] gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title.

“He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before.”

Does he want to leave Bayern, then?

It’s difficult to say because there is no doubt that he has enjoyed huge success there.

However, if he wants a new challenge then he could be tempted by a move to England now as he is due to turn 29 in August, and a move to the Premier League champions could be particularly appealing.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

He certainly would be.

The 28-year-old has all of the attributes to be a success in the Premier League and his goalscoring record is phenomenal.

If Conte is looking for a striker than can replace the 20 Premier League goals that Diego Costa scored last term, he would be hugely confident that Lewandowski could fill the void.

The Pole netted a remarkable 43 times in 47 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last term, as well as showing his creative ability by providing a further 10 assists.

However, the high fee he would likely command could be a sticking point.

What’s the verdict, then?

There is no doubt that Chelsea must make Lewandowski their top striker target if he is available, but they would have to be wary on the transfer fee.