According to reports, Chelsea have made contact with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s representatives ahead of a possible summer move.
The Blues have already started looking for a new striker ahead of next season’s start, and the Poland international is one of their top targets.
Chelsea have enquired about Lewandowski’s availability, according to Sky Sport News in Germany, and are trying to convince him to come to the Premier League and join Stamford Bridge.
If he were to leave the Bundesliga this summer, the 32-year-old is said to want a move to Spain, but he is also happy to remain in Germany.
If a deal for Lewandowski cannot be reached, the Blues can turn their attention to other players such as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
Lewandowski has continued to impress in front of goal this season, scoring 47 goals in just 39 appearances in all competitions.
The top five richest clubs in the Premier League
Newcastle United fans celebrated when Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the English club came to an end.
There is no doubt that Newcastle is currently the richest club in England after it was purchased by the Saudi-backed consortium for £305m.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) purchased 80% of the club shares, while the Reuben Brothers and Amanda Staveley remained with 10% each.
We take a look at the top five richest clubs in the Premier League
1. Newcastle-Saudi Public Investment Fund (£320bn)
Thanks to the massive wealth of the PIF, the Magpies expect key investments, especially in players, to make the club competitive in Europe.
Newcastle United have already started to enjoy the fruits of the new ownership as they have already signed two players, namely Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
The PIF is chaired by Mohammed Salman, the Saudi crown prince. He is also the second most important person in Saudi Arabia, after the king. He not only serves as the country’s deputy prime minister but also the Minister of Defence.
2. Manchester City-Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
Mansour is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and one of the country’s many team owners.
The Magpies have now joined the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the two most high-profile examples have been Manchester City and PSG.
The sheikh owns an interest in Virgin Galactic and is the chairman of the International Petroleum Investment Company.
He bought Manchester City in 2008 when they were a mid-table team, and with his billions, he has turned them into one of the best teams in the world.
His fortune has allowed him to hire Pep Guardiola and a slew of other world-class players, allowing City to become Manchester’s most successful club in the last decade.
As a result, Mansour has hired Khaldoon Al Mubarak to manage the club on a daily basis, while his City Football Group continues to buy clubs all around the world.
3. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6b)
In a rumored 15-minute conversation, football’s first high-profile billionaire, purchased Chelsea from Ken Bates in 2003.
Following the hiring of Jose Mourinho the following year, Chelsea became the dominant team in the Premier League thanks to the Russian’s riches.
The Blues have won silverware on a consistent basis, winning five league titles and the Champions League twice.
Chelsea FC cost Abramovich £140 million of his billions earned from the sale of previously Russian state-owned businesses he purchased after the Soviet Union fell apart.
4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
Arsenal’s divisive owner is seldom seen at the Emirates and has a tense rapport with the supporters.
Arsenal’s fortunes have deteriorated throughout his tenure, despite the fact that the team had previously won Premier League titles.
In 1974, Kroenke married Ann Walton, a Walmart heiress, and in 1983, he created the Kroenke Group, a real estate development corporation.
The American, who owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, originally invested in Arsenal in 2007 before acquiring a full stake in the club four years later.
5. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
In July 2018, the Egyptian took over as owner from Tony Xia, and saw Villa gain promotion to the Premier League within a year.
Sawiris, who comes from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families, purchased a 55% controlling stake in the club.
His fortune comes from owning a slew of construction, engineering, and construction firms.
With nearly £200 million spent over the past two summers, Dean Smith has consolidated the Midlands team as a top-flight outfit once again.
Chelsea vs Malmo: team news and preview
Defending champions Chelsea host Swedish side Malmo on Wednesday in the third match of group H.
Chelsea are currently second in the group H table, with 1 win, against Zenit and 1 loss to Juventus last time out in the campaign.
Meanwhile Malmo are bottom of the group table, with no win and are yet to score a goal in the campaign. They will have to pull something special to go home with a point from the Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will enjoy a boost in defensive options with the return of Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva, who missed out last time the Blues were in action.
The two centre halves missed Saturday’s outing to Brentford, as the Blues edged a narrow 1-0 win but were back in training on Monday.
Rudiger picked up a minor injury while on international duty, while veteran Thiago Silva missed out on training ahead of the clash with Brentford after returning from national call-up on Friday afternoon.
Chelsea will miss the services of Christian Pulisic, who was absent on training on Tuesday, probably still nursing the ankle injury he picked up while playing for USMNT in September.
It remains unclear whether Romelu Lukaku will feature for the Blues as Tuchel has stated that he is “mentally tired” after being overplayed.
“I feel he is a bit mentally tired. For me, he’s overplayed. It’s difficult to judge if he needs a break, or is it better to keep him on the pitch?”
The Belgian left the international squad earlier this month with muscle fatigue.
Lukaku had a remarkable start after re-signing for Chelsea, scoring 4 goals in 4 games but is now six games without a goal.
Blow to Chelsea ahead of Juventus test as Kante ruled out
Chelsea will be without midfield maestro N’Golo Kante for their second Uefa Champions League group H match against Juventus on Wednesday.
Kante has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently quarantining, omitted from the Blues’ travelling squad to Turin.
The French ace is also expected to miss the Premier League tie pitting the Stamford Bridge outfit and the Saints of Southampton over the coming weekend.
Manager Thomas Tuchel will also be forced to rotate his squad that suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, as defender Reece James and forward Mason Mount are expected to miss the action on Wednesday.
James was forced off after suffering an ankle problem late in the first half of the Man City fixture.
Mount is also facing a fitness test after he picked a knock in the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa.
New signing Romelu Lukaku will be seeking to get his name back on the score sheet after failing to locate the back of the net against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City previously.
Predicted XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kovacic; Havertz, Ziyech, Lukaku.
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