Reported £40m Chelsea target with deft headed goal ... into own net

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

Robert Lewandowski recently spoke of subconsciously making mistakes at Borussia Dortmund ... is this one of them?

Chelsea have opened their Premier League campaign with a win, and Jose Mourinho: The Sequel, is currently in the realms of Aliens and Terminator 2 … rather than any of the Hangover follow-ups.

But it is still apparent that the club need a central striker, despite an OK performance from Fernando Torres this afternoon.

Today, there have been developments in this respect.

It is reported that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Mourinho proclaimed as the club’s number one target, has given up hope of a move to Stamford Bridge. United have remained firm on their stance over the player - and this deal appears to be limping out of the rumour mill.

But a very handsome looking plan B has been mooted in the Sunday papers this morning. It is reported that the club could be about to reignite interest in the signature of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, with some sources even suggesting a £40 million bid could be lodged.

Lewandowski is a free agent in 12 months time, at which point he is widely expected to join Bayern Munich - but in a sense of warped pride, Dortmund have refused to sell the player for profit to their Bavarian rivals - with whom relations have recently frayed.

But they would still reportedly be keen on selling the player to another party, should the right fee come in their direction, and Mourinho is known to be a huge fan of the player - after he single handedly dismantled his Real Madrid team in the Champions League last season.

Dortmund are right to be worried about holding on to a player so intent on leaving the club. Here is what he said to Polish media three weeks ago on the subject of staying in Westfalen, against his wishes:

''The attitude towards me is not fair. It's about what was told to me in the face. I do not know if it is sometime an extent that the situation affected me. That it penetrates into my subconscious and a moment will come when I will deliver worse games."

But there was no sign of that this weekend as Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga last night. The Pole scored a trademark near-post header in the game … but wait a minute, he put the ball into his own net.

Lewandowski spoke about subconsciously delivering bad performances, and in this split moment it almost looks as if all the anger and frustration with his current club accumulated into one 50p header at his own near-post - that left Roman Wiedenfeller with no chance.

In the end it didn’t matter, as goals from Jonas Hofmann and Marco Reus proved enough to tie up victory.

But if Chelsea do snap him up, maybe don’t put him on the near-post when defending corners...

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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