The rumor mill is full of unbelievable, improbable, and even fabricated rumors, but even still, this Lewandowski one seems rather far-fetched.
(Ed.note: It’s also a bit of a re-run: Lewa and Bayern went through this whole song and dance in the summer as well, before that nonsense was quickly and thoroughly debunked. Although, it should be noted that Lewandowski recently switched agents to Pini Zahavi, which isn’t necessarily what players do when they want to stay in one place. In any case...)
French sports page L’Equipe claim that Bayern Munich’s outstanding striker Robert Lewandowski has instructed his agent to begin looking for another club. The paper further asserts that four have already been contacted: Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and one more that hasn’t yet been identified.
Why would he want to move from a dominant team that has an excellent chance of winning the Champions League again? He’s bored, basically. After eight years in the Bundesliga, he wants a new challenge. Or so the rumors claim.
On the face of it, you might think that Chelsea should be all in. Lewa has 35 goals in all competitions so far this season. Last term he had 43. The one before that, 42. And he’s a bit of an ironman, plays a lot of games year in and year out. He has size (1.8 meters or 6 feet tall), he has touch and deceptive pace. He’s a superb no.9.
And he doesn’t make sense for Chelsea. Even if you believe all the stuff about him wanting to leave and his agent busily dialing up clubs, there are still issues with the story from a Chelsea perspective.
The first is his age. He’s going to turn 30 this August. The second is his contract. He’s signed to Bayern through 2021, so prying him away will be expensive (€150 million has been mentioned) and he’ll probably want an extension that carries him deep into his thirties.
And finally, Chelsea are suddenly deep in center-forwards themselves. Alvaro Morata is still young and will go into next season with a much better understanding of how to play in the physical Premier League. Olivier Giroud has already proven he fits with Eden Hazard and can be a threat. And, on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Michy Batshuayi is noisily setting the Bundesliga on fire.
So Lewandowski might be a nice daydream, for a minute or two. But then reality comes crashing in and we all wake up to the impossibility of it. Until the next fanciful rumor comes along. ‘Tis approaching the (Silly) Season for it, after all.