I was listening to the Guardian Football Weekly podcast last night and Raphael Honigstein, the German football correspondent for the Guardian, touched upon Dortmund not wanting to sell Lewandowski to Bayern Munich if possible. That made a lot of sense to me. Why would Dortmund shoot their title ambitions in the foot by selling not one but two of their best players to their main competitor in the Bundesliga? They couldn't do anything about Gotze's transfer since the Bavarian monsters met the buyout clause but I think it's reasonable to assume that if they had the option of selling Lewandowski to a non-German side, they'd do it even if Bayern's offer was more.
This is where Chelsea can come into the picture. Now obviously there are other teams interested in Dortmund's Polish goalmachine. Manchester United have shown an interest in him according to various media sources, though you have to take that with a grain of salt. Manchester City as well might offer Dzeko in a cash+player deal. But as we saw with Eden Hazard last year, we can beat both of them to a signature. United cannot guarantee Lewandowski a starting role because of the glut of strikers they have. And as far City are concerned, well I think frankly we're a bigger club with a bigger fanbase in a bigger city.
Does signing him make sense? This may sound a bit inconsistent on my part because I've been vehemently against a Falcao/Cavani move so how's going for Lewandowski any different? First of all he's going to be probably half the price since his contract is up next year; then there's his relatively younger age. Lewandowski will be 25 this August and would mesh perfectly with the rest of our young players; lastly I think he's a more complete player than both the guys with the £50m tag.
What happens to our other strikers if such a move does materialise? We must get rid of Torres. Sell him. Loan him out with an option to buy. Anything. Lukaku can either be part of the squad as backup striker or go on loan for another year. As for Demba Ba, I'm not really sure. What I am sure about is that Lewandowski is going to be one of the very best strikers on the planet for at least half a decade and can take himself and us with him to dizzying heights.