Chelsea to bid £50m for world best striker after ‘giving up’ on Erling Haaland pursuit

Chelsea could end their pursuit of Erling Haaland this summer and focus on record-breaking Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in their quest to top the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues, who beat Manchester City in Porto to claim Champions League glory last season, are ready to boost their playing squad yet again following a £200m spend last summer.

Tuchel, who has also been rewarded with a new contract, looks set to see his attacking options improved with Marina Granovskaia on the lookout for a new striker.

With Olivier Giroud joining AC Milan and Tammy Abraham out of favour, the club had been trying to tempt Dortmund into selling Haaland – but they are standing firm.

The Sun report that Chelsea have now turned their attention to Lewandowski, who is in the form of his career despite being 12 years older than his fellow Bundesliga hitman.

The 32-year-old, who scored three goals at Euro 2020 as Poland went out in the group stages, managed a record 41 league goals across just 29 outings last season, notching 48 in 40 across all competitions.

The report adds that Chelsea are looking at a £50million swoop, but that Bayern are looking to extend his current deal that runs until the summer of 2023.

However, they say that Bayern heads could be turned by a big enough bid – considering that he turns 33 next month and his value will only decrease.

Tuchel said of the upcoming window back in May: “I have opinions about what we can add to the group to get better.

“This is my job and I will give my opinion and I am asked my opinion and we will do this and sometimes opinions change.

“This is also a process and I have my ideas of course. I have ideas of certain profiles.

This is not about me wishing for this player A and B and if they don’t come I will get angry. This was never like this in my whole career. This will not be like this.

“I totally understand there are issues to solve with the agents, the player, the interests of a club. It is not only about me and my wishes.

“I talk with the club and give my opinion and we share this with the scouting and of course I’m involved and I should be involved and I have absolutely the feeling that I am involved.