Chelsea could be set to significantly boost their attacking unit, with reports suggesting that the Premier League title hopefuls are plotting an 'audacious' bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski.
Polish international Lewandowski is arguably the continent's most-coveted talent, having forged a truly daunting reputation as of the world's most-prolific marksman during a successful three-year stint in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
The 25-year-old remains a pivotal figure at Signal Iduna Park, but is widely expected to depart the club in the near future with his current deal set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
German giants and last-year's treble-winners Bayern Munich were previously thought to be the frontrunners in the race to land the former Lech Poznan frontman, with many suggesting that Lewandowski was poised to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Bavarian outfit.
According to the Daily Express, though, it is Jose Mourinho's Blues who are plotting an apparently 'audacious' January bid to steal ahead of their rivals - most notably Pep Guardiola's Bayern - in the race for Lewandowski's signature.
Chelsea, who currently sit second in the top-flight table despite Saturday's disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Newcastle United, are likely to be in the market for a new striker in the new year given their well-documented struggles up front so far this season.
While Fernando Torres has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence of late, Samuel Eto'o is yet to fully adapt to the pace of the Premier League while Senegalese forward Demba Ba is likely to depart West London in the near future.
They presumably will not have to break the bank in their supposed pursuit of Lewandowski, with reports last week claiming that he could be available for a cut-price fee of approximately £7 million.