Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Bid for Robert Lewandowski Rejected

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IJuly 20, 2012

WROCLAW, POLAND - JUNE 16:  Robert Lewandowski of Poland looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Czech Republic and Poland at The Municipal Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Chelsea's huge summer transfer window has apparently hit a little snag.

According to ESPN, Chelsea have had a £17 million bid for striker Robert Lewandowski rejected by Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old has been very impressive in the Bundesliga, helping his young side to consecutive titles. Additionally, his play with hosts Poland at Euro 2012 drew praise as he scored the opening goal of the tournament against Greece.

In some camps, Lewandowski has been rated at around £15 million, but his club has reportedly valued him closer to £40 million.

Additionally, Dortmund have claimed that they will not part with their striker, while Lewandowski himself has reportedly made it clear that he favours Manchester United in any potential transfer.

Hence, this £17 million offer could not have been one that Chelsea expected to win them a signature.

The rejection is a temporary setback in what has been a very eventful and successful summer transfer window. So far, the Blues have already won the signatures of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and will soon get the Brazilian Oscar.

Over the past few weeks, Chelsea had been said to be considering a £35 million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

However, per ESPN, Chelsea's officials have not been convinced of the Uruguayan's potential place in the side.

This attempted move, despite its failure, exemplifies that feeling.

In losing out on Lewandowski, the door is now open for the Blues to pursue other strikers, a necessity given the apparent possibility of a loan deal for Romelu Lukaku.

In this B/R article, Dan Renfro breaks down the five strikers Chelsea should chase.

Expect more updates soon on Chelsea's pursuit of a striker in this transfer window.


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