Chelsea: Tuchel must 'make room' to sign 344-goal striker at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in the dugout

Chelsea will have to sell one of their current forwards this summer if they want to sign Robert Lewandowski, says Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

The west London club are thought to be interested in the Bayern Munich No.9, but Brown thinks they are going to find it extremely difficult to bring him in because of the players they already have on their books.

What is the latest news involving Lewandowski?

Lewandowski has made it clear that he wants to leave the Allianz Arena in the upcoming transfer window.

“One thing is certain today, my story with Bayern is over,” the 33-year-old recently said (via BBC Sport) while on international duty with the Poland national team. “I realise a transfer will be the best solution for both sides.”

Barcelona are Lewandowski’s preferred destination, though that does not look to have deterred Chelsea.

According to The Guardian, Chelsea have Bayern’s talisman on their radar, with Thomas Tuchel said to be a huge admirer.

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What has Brown said about Lewandowski to Chelsea?

Brown thinks one of Chelsea’s current forwards, like Romelu Lukaku, will have to leave Stamford Bridge if the Blues are to have any chance of signing Lewandowski.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Daily Star journalist said: “They do suddenly have quite a lot of forwards Chelsea. I think someone would have to leave to make room for a huge player like that, and I don’t think there are going to be many bidders for Lukaku this summer, so they might be stuck with what they have.”

Why does Tuchel want Lewandowski?

Because, simply put, Chelsea do not score enough goals, something Tuchel has been very vocal about.

At the end of May, the German criticised his attacking players for their lack of end product and suggested that he could dip into the transfer market this summer in his quest to make the team more efficient in the box.

Lewandowski would, of course, ensure the above happens. His record of 334 goals in 374 games for Bayern is phenomenal.

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There are three problems, however. The German giants do not want to sell, Barcelona is his preference and then there is Lukaku, as Brown mentioned.

Chelsea spent £97.5m to sign him from Inter Milan last August. Are they prepared to take a loss or pay some of his £350,000-a-week salary while he’s on loan at another club? It remains to be seen. But after Lukaku’s disappointing homecoming, they are going to find it impossible to recoup their money if they do decide to move the Belgian on.

All in all, then, to say the chances of Lewandowski joining Chelsea this summer are unlikely would be an understatement.

Chelsea’s squad ranked on career goals

Should Chelsea end up signing Lewandowski this summer, he would immediately become the Blues’ leading scorer for career goals (club and international). See the full list below courtesy of Transfermarkt

Robert Lewandowski – 584

Romelu Lukaku – 342

Hakim Ziyech – 127

Timo Werner – 112

Kai Havertz – 76

Christian Pulisic – 65

Mason Mount – 59

Ross Barkley – 52

Jorginho – 49

Thiago Silva – 44

Marcos Alonso – 42

Mateo Kovacic – 25

N’Golo Kante – 25

Antonio Rudiger – 21

Cesar Azpilicueta – 20

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 19

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 16

Ben Chilwell – 12

Reece James – 11

Andreas Christensen – 11

Trevor Chalobah – 9

Malang Sarr – 5

Kepa – 0

Edouard Mendy – 0

Marcus Bettinelli – 0

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