Report: Chelsea will make 'world-class' £51m star their main target if they don't get Haaland

Chelsea will apparently turn to Robert Lewandowski if they fail to land Erling Haaland this summer.

According to BILD, Lewandowski is the number one target if the Blues cannot lure Haaland away from Borussia Dortmund.

Bayer Munich’s superb striker has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge before, but only if other options are not available.

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The Poland international is contracted to Bayern Munich until 2023; however there are uncertainties that he will sign an extension.

Bayern’s loss would certainly be any other club’s gain.

Lewandowski scored 48 times in just 40 appearances last season, breaking Gerd Muller’s record goals tally for a single Bundesliga campaign.

He has stamped his mark all over Europe, having a particular impact in South West London.

Following Bayern’s 7-1 aggregate Champions League win over Chelsea in 2020, Mason Mount described the 32-year-old as ‘world class’ in an interview with SPORTbible.

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But for all Lewandowski’s unworldly abilities, the Blues still have their eyes fixated on Haaland.

His return of 41 goals in 41 games falls just shy of his German rival; this doesn’t mean it is any less impressive.

It is the kind of efficiency that Thomas Tuchel’s team are in desperate need of if they are to challenge for the Premier League.

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However, his services will come at a price.

Over £150m (Telegraph) is the fee Dortmund are asking for Haaland’s talents.

In comparison, Lewandowski could cost a comparatively cheap sum of €60m (£51.6m), according to ESPN.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.