Burley urges Chelsea to stay away from 41-goal striker because of club's recent policy

Craig Burley has advised Chelsea against signing Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski due to its being out of line with the club’s recent transfer policy.

There seems to be a consensus that Chelsea will have to sign an elite striker to really challenge for the Premier League title.

They won the Champions League despite an absence of a 30-goal striker. But they were also close to missing out on a top-four finish last season, which suggests that they might need more consistency to compete in the league.

Recent reports claim that Chelsea have made Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland their priority summer target.

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An earlier report from The Sun, however, suggest that the Blues are considering a few alternative targets, given Dortmund’s reluctance to sell their ace.

One of these alternatives is Lewandowski.

The Poland international is certainly another elite striker and arguably one of the best in the world at the moment.

He had 41 goals in Bundesliga last season — that is 14 more than Haaland’s 27 goals in the same competition.

While Burley seems to agree that Chelsea desperately need a top No.9, he argued that the club’s reported interest in Lewandowski makes very little sense.

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“Some reports [are] suggesting that Chelsea are sniffing [Lewandowski] and anybody of that calibre,” the former Blues midfielder told ESPN FC.

“I don’t think Lewandowski is worth pursuing, for that reason [his age].

“Chelsea have gone down the route recently with younger players; all these younger guys they brought in and were breaking through.

“But if you’re going to go all out, it has to be Haaland.”

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