Chelsea are not pulling any punches with the strikers they are targeting this summer.
It’s their number one priority as they look to launch a Premier League title bid next season and they’re certainly targeting the top end of the market with those three names.
Lukaku revealed he doesn’t plan to leave Inter Milan despite their managerial change, while Dortmund are holding out for £150million for Haaland, who can be acquired for a much cheaper price with his buyout clause that can be triggered in 12 months time.
Thomas Tuchel’s men has since turned their attention to Lewandowski who is “open-minded” about his future at Bayern Munich.
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So how he would fit in at Chelsea?
That seems an obvious question with his talent, but there are a number of factors to consider as we look at how his potential arrival would impact Tuchel’s line-up and the players who might be forced out as a result.
Where he would fit in?
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Lewandowski’s best position is as a lone striker which is exactly what Chelsea are lacking.
Timo Werner has struggled in front of goal in his debut season, but he’s not an out-and-out goalscorer so it doesn’t necessarily mean he would be surplus to requirements if the Pole was signed.
The German could be moved out to the left wing, where he did play at the start of the season under Frank Lampard, to utilise his speed and directness to take on defenders.
Lewandowski is used to having two wingers either side of him at Bayern so it could benefit both players with either Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech on the other flank.
The Polish captain also enjoys having an attacking midfielder up close to him like Thomas Muller has done over the years, which is a role Kai Havertz or Mason Mount could easily adopt.
Two up top with Lewandowski and Werner forming a partnership is not out the question, but a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 is what the talisman thrives in the most.
Who could be forced out
A new striker arriving like Lewandowski would certainly spell the end for Tammy Abraham.
The Englishman has rarely featured under Tuchel and reports suggest he is one of the players who will be sold to fund a deal for his eventual replacement.
And Chelsea’s decision to extend Olivier Giroud’s contract for another year has only intensified that speculation as his exit seems inevitable.
The Blues would have more than enough attacking options with Lewandowski, Werner, the Frenchman as a reliable back-up, as well as the possibility of using Havertz as a false nine if need be.
Ziyech and Pulisic’s futures are also in doubt as Chelsea has been linked with these big-money moves for a striker.
Both have shown flashes since arriving at the club, but could be sacrificed in order to get a player of Lewandowski’s calibre.
It would be a big call for the club to cut their losses early on in both their Chelsea careers as they easily have the potential to reach another level, but it’s that high ceiling that would still rake in a good transfer fee.