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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Robert Lewandowski and Carlos Bacca Rumours

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski gestures during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) match between FC Bayern Munich and SV Darmstadt 98 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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James DudkoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

Chelsea are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs set to take a keen interest in Robert Lewandowski's future this summer, according to Miguel Delaney of the Independent.

He claims Lewandowski will seek a £70 million move away from Bayern Munich at the end of this season. It's a development that will interest not only Chelsea, but also Manchester City and Manchester United.

Delaney credits all three with previous interest in the free-scoring Poland international: "All of England’s leading clubs had been interested in Lewandowski when he left Borussia Dortmund in 2014, only for the Polish striker to opt for Bayern."

Delaney also states how La Liga giants Real Madrid will be near the front of any queue for Lewandowski, but he thinks Premier League TV money may give Chelsea and Co. an inside track.

Dealing with the obvious first, Lewandowski would be a major upgrade on current Chelsea centre-forward Diego Costa. He's stumbled through most of his time with the Blues amid a series of disciplinary woes and injury issues.

Lewandowski is everything a modern No. 9 should be. He's mobile, quick, powerful, strong in the air and deadly on the ground. Aside from his considerable threat in front of goal, the 27-year-old is also very creative when it comes to supplying chances for others.

Chelsea's links to Lewandowski are longstanding. In fact, they go as far back as Carlo Ancelotti's time in charge. The Italian recently described how he tracked Lewandowski as Chelsea boss, according to Goal's Vittorio Campanile.

But the links between Lewandowski and Los Blancos have also stayed strong. Lewandowski wouldn't even discuss the rumors of a move to Madrid back in December, as noted by Spanish publication AS (h/t Alex Sharp of MailOnline).

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It's possible Premier League clubs have already lost this race. Chelsea may not mind too much, though. Not if they've already secured an alternative.

 

Chelsea Want £30 Million Carlos Bacca in January

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink isn't prepared to wait to bolster his options up front. He's apparently targeting AC Milan's Carlos Bacca with a £30 million bid in the January transfer window. That's according to Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo (h/t Daily Star's Jamie Anderson).

Even though Bacca only joined AC Milan last summer, Anderson states a move to England's top flight is still possible. He quotes Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague stating Bacca is open to the idea: "He likes the idea of coming to the Premier League."

Bacca certainly possesses qualities any Premier League side should welcome. He's a tireless runner who harasses defenders mercilessly, often forcing mistakes and creating his own chances.

Once he gets a chance, Bacca is a confident and decisive finisher. Rarely smashing the ball into the net, he tends to place it underneath or around an onrushing goalkeeper. Bacca finishes with the kind of assurance Chelsea fans grew accustomed to seeing from Costa during the first half of last season.

The team that's still 19 points off the top and 13 short of the top four need to make a statement this month. Splashing the cash for a striker as intelligent and prolific as Bacca would more than qualify.

If nothing else, Hiddink needs better support for Costa. Adding a marquee striker this January would give the Blues the firepower to inspire an unlikely push for fourth place.

Securing UEFA Champions League football for next season will be essential in any race for Lewandowski.

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