Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Pursuit of Striker Robert Lewandowski

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2013

Robert Lewandowski has become the hottest name on the transfer block, but few know where the striker will end up.

Chelsea has been in hot pursuit of the 24-year-old scorer, and for good reason. The club lacked a true threat on the offensive end throughout the year, and this hurt the team's ability to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

While players like Juan Mata have been impressive in attacking the net, there has been no one you can trust to get goals on a consistent basis.

After watching Lewandowski score four times against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, clubs around the world wanted to sign the Borussia Dortmund player. 

Of course, this means that the competition is pretty stiff. Graeme Bryce of The Sun reported earlier in the week that Bayern Munich was on the brink of signing the "£25 million-rated" forward, beating Manchester United to the punch. 

However, do not count Chelsea out of this race just yet.

There have been widespread rumors that Jose Mourinho is set to rejoin the club after owner Roman Abramovich met the former manager on his yacht, according to Dave Kidd of Mirror Football.

If this happens, John Drayton of the Daily Mail reports that this could give the club an inside track of acquiring the Polish star:

Jose Mourinho will try to tempt Robert Lewandowski to spurn Bayern Munich's advances and join him at Chelsea if he returns to Stamford Bridge. 

Reports in Spain have claimed that Mourinho rang Dortmund striker Lewandowski's agent Maik Barthel urging him to push the player towards Chelsea.

To make things even better, Borussia Dortmund is rooting for Chelsea to win this sweepstakes.

In an effort to keep Lewandowski out of Bundesliga and away from its rival, the German club is trying to negotiate a deal directly with the EPL club, according to Owen Bennett of the Daily Express:

Dortmund are believed to be willing to accept Chelsea's attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne as part of the transfer deal...Dortmund hope the De Bruyne idea could persuade the Blues to outmanoeuvre Munich in a bid for the £25m-rated Pole, and tempt him with a better contract offer.

While the 21-year-old Kevin De Bruyne has shown potential while on loan with Werder Bremen, he would not be missed if it meant the club would acquire Lewandowski.

Lewandowski has been a consistent force for one of the top clubs in the world for the past two years. This season, he has 23 goals in 27 league starts, plus 10 goals in 12 appearances in the UCL.

With Chelsea, he would get just as many opportunities to shine. This would not only make the squad top contenders in the EPL, but all of Europe would be on notice.

The opportunity for a transfer is there. It is now on Chelsea to do whatever is necessary to bring the talented player to Stamford Bridge.