Chelsea are installed as many fans, pundits and players favourites to win the Premier League title race this season - but one fact remains glaringly obvious - they need a striker.
Unless Fernando Torres invents a time machine, grabs his form from four years ago, and brings it into the future, The Blues are going to have absolutely no chance of winning the league - unless Jose Mourinho brings in a top class centre forward.
We all know that Mourinho himself knows this, he has made it clear that his number one target for the upcoming campaign is such a player. Chelsea have made two unsuccessful bids for Manchester United’s moody striker Wayne Rooney - both of which were rejected by the Premier League champions.
With United now remaining adamant that Rooney is not up for grabs, at any price, Chelsea must consider other options. According to the Sunday tabloids they are doing just that.
Robert Lewandowski is one of Europe’s leading marksmen. His goals at Dortmund have helped make Die Schwarzgelben one of the continents premium forces once again. But he is not ready to stay at the club long-term.
The Polish international refuses to sign an extension to his current deal with the club, which expires in less than 12 months time. It appears he has his heart set on a move to Bayern Munich, with a gentlemans agreement already tentatively in place between all parties.
Bayern desperately tried to sign him this summer, however, after stealing Mario Gotze from their Bundesliga rivals - they were not getting their mitts on Lewandowski - even if it means losing him for nothing next summer.
But Dortmund would love to sell him for cash this summer, and stick one finger up to Bayern Munich - with whom recent relations have strained. At £40 million they would reportedly be set to sell to other interested parties - including Chelsea.
Mourinho is obviously a fan of the bullish Pole. He witnessed first hand what he is capable of when he scored all four goals in a Champions League thrashing against Real Madrid last season. When Mourinho and Lewandowski embraced at the end of that fixture, you wondered if that could have been the start of any interest in his services.
But Dortmund will have one reservation on the deal, replacing their central striker.
They have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but they want to use him from a more withdrawn position - with the Pole the focal point of the attack. But interestingly enough, Chelsea actually have in their possession a striker, who Dortmund once carried a torch for.
They reportedly tried to sign Demba Ba from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim in the not so distant past, and were again linked with an approach for the Senegalese at the start of this month.
If Chelsea were to throw his name into any deal then the move may be looked at even more favourably by Borussia Dortmund.
While the German side maintain a ‘not for sale’ stance on the player they would be foolish to let him join Bayern on a free transfer in a years time. A handsome sum and a ready-made replacement in Ba would be the perfect deal - and I would bet my house they could not reject that offer from Chelsea.
The tricky bit would be convincing Lewandowski himself to take his eyes off his Bavarian dream, and give London a go.
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