Robert Lewandowski is no longer a viable January target for Jose Mourinho, having confirmed that he will sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich ahead of his Borussia Dortmund deal expiring next summer.
However, it’s not all bad news for the Blues because it increases their chances of going after, and getting, the teenager who scored four goals in Pep Guardiola’s first ever match in charge of the German giants.
Patrick Weihrauch is a 19-year-old striker, who would have gone into this season looking to break into the Bayern Munich first team under Guardiola with that fantastic start backed up by a solid record for the Bayern Munich B team; five goals in 11 matches.
Weihrauch’s chances of making an impression at the Allianz Arena will be significantly reduced once Lewandowski arrives at the club with the Pole pushing him further down the pecking order behind Claudio Pizarro, Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Lewandowski himself.
The prospect of signing Weihrauch holds extra incentive for Mourinho for several reasons.
Firstly, Chelsea have a clear need for a talented striker to come into the squad and provide another attacking option with Mourinho having already shown a tendency towards using younger players as he builds his side for the future.
Secondly, Weihrauch’s current deal with Bayern expires next summer which means if Chelsea wanted to go after him, they could agree a deal with the player to sign on a free transfer next year.
That would be a perfect way for Mourinho to stick it to Guardiola, who he shares one of the fiercest rivalries in football with, relating back to the days when he was at Real Madrid and Guardiola was in charge of arguably the best Barcelona side in history.
Guardiola will undoubtedly stress the benefits of signing Lewandowski as a real coup for everything he’s trying to achieve but Mourinho could take one of his best prospects from beneath his nose for absolutely nothing.
For Weihrauch the prospect of joining Chelsea may seem daunting because it would mean moving to another country and adapting to another culture at a very early age.
However, the Blues are lucky in the respect that they have Andre Schurrle among their ranks, who speaks good English and will be able to help the youngster settle in if he finds communication difficult.
It may also seem daunting and equally challenging in terms of getting first team football.
However, Weihrauch joining Chelsea would be able to negotiate any loan deal he desires because Chelsea have well over a dozen players out on loan, proving Mourinho wants players who aren’t playing regularly to go and get regular first team games.
Compare that to Bayern Munich, who don’t have a single first team player out on loan so far this season and if he signs a new deal, he could well face another season of warming the bench and playing in what is effectively the reserve team.
For a clearly talented player who wouldn’t cost a penny other than a contract, he surely has to be worth a look.
What do you think Chelsea fans? Worth a risk as he wouldn’t cost a penny?
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