Chelsea to Make Bayern Munich Striker Robert Lewandowski ‘Top Priority’ This Summer

?Chelsea have made the signing of ?Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski a priority, after apparently sounding out the unsettled Polish star.

The Blues are set to undergo a rebuilding process this summer following the disappointments of the 2017/18 season, and see Lewandowksi as just what they need to regain their status as one of England and Europe’s very best clubs.


Spanish striker Alvaro Morata failed to live up to his price tag following his move from ?Real Madrid last summer, and finished his debut season in the Premier League with just 11 goals.

?He is being touted to return to Juventus, which would pave the way for the Blues to sign Lewandowski, who appears not to be totally happy at the Bavarian giants.

He has previously had gripes about the club’s transfer policy, and recently showed his frustrations after being substituted by Jupp Heynckes against Koln

The 29-year-old is the number one transfer target for Chelsea according to the Telegraph despite the uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s future, but his acquisition may prove difficult since they will only be able to offer Europa League football next season.

Their stuttering end to the 2017/18 season meant that they missed out on the Champions League, a competition Lewandowski has played in every year since 2011.

He is without doubt one of world football’s best strikers and would surely be looking at playing at the very highest level to complement his abilities.?



Bayern Munich Defender Hints He Could Leave Germany as He Talks Up ‘Interesting’ Foreign Leagues

?Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has put plenty of clubs on alert as he has declared that he is open to leaving Germany.

Premier League sides Manchester United and Manchester City, in particular, are expected to be piqued, given the player’s latest comments and could be tempted into making an approach for the versatile German centre-back this summer.

The 29-year-old has already spent time at City, joining from Hamburger SV in 2010, but things didn’t go according to plan and he moved to Bayern after just one season.

Boateng has since developed into one of Europe’s best defenders, helping Die Roten to six Bundesliga titles, as winning the World Cup with Germany four years ago. But he seems to be open to a new adventure elsewhere, although he claims to be “feeling very well” at his current club and is aware of how difficult it would be to leave the Allianz.

“Foreign counties are always interesting. You do not have many chances. Everyone has to decide for himself whether he wants to gain experience again,” he said in an interview with ?FourFourTwo.

?“I’m a different age now than I was at Manchester City and now at the point of thinking about it again. Of course, it’s very difficult to get away from Bayern. That would not be a decision against Bayern, I’ve been feeling very well in Munich for years.”

If he is intent on leaving, his availability would certainly prompt a transfer war. Jose Mourinho is understood to have already demanded five new players ahead of next season, while City will also be keen on improving their Premier League winning squad.

One would think that Chelsea would get themselves in the mix as well, given their failed season. But Boateng will obviously want to compete in the Champions League and that could rule them out completely.



7 Things You May Have Missed From Europe’s Thrilling Final Matchday This Weekend

As the 2017/18 campaign comes to a close across Europe, we are usually treated to an abundance of sensational showdowns and teary-eyed farewells, and this year has been no different – maybe even more spectacular than any other. 

So, sit back, relax and enjoy the final European football round-up of the season. 

1. A Header From the Heavens: Inter Break Lazio Hearts in Dramatic Fashion

As 78 minutes struck, leading 2-1, Lazio were heading for the Champions League at Inter Milan’s expense. 

However, a Mauro Icardi penalty swiftly followed up by Matias Vecino’s bullet header initiated unadulterated limbs amongst the travelling Nerazzurri following. 

After 38 games, it had come down to a corner 12 minutes from time inside the Stadio Olimpico to secure the San Siro outfit’s place in next year’s European elite competition, and doing so on the head-to-head record between the two sides made it all the more sweeter for the Milan club. 

2. Crowned Again: Celtic Secure Unprecedented Double Treble

Glasgow Celtic have been the dominant force in Scottish football following Glasgow Rangers’ demise in 2012. 

League success has been ever-present – as have other domestic trophies – but on Saturday Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops wrote their name into the history books by securing a somewhat unprecedented double treble; becoming only the third European side in history to do so. 

First half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham were enough to down Motherwell in a repeat of the Scottish League Cup final from earlier in the season and maintain the former Liverpool boss’ record of securing every domestic trophy he has entered since taking over at Parkhead in 2016.

3. Past vs Future: Dramatic Eintracht Deny Bayern

If there were a more fitting cup winning story than Eintracht Frankfurt’s success in the DFB Pokal this weekend, however, I would like to see it. 

Niko Kovac – the man picked to succeed Jupp Heynckes next season in the Bayern Munich dugout after others allegedly turned the job down – stood and watched on in his final game as Die Adler coach as his side denied the Bavarians a domestic double with a scintillating 3-1 victory. 

Ante Rebic’s double would have proved enough to counteract Robert Lewandoski’s strike for the Reds; but a dramatic stoppage-time period, which saw Bayern’s penalty claims waved away and Mijat Gacinovic run the full length of the pitch before slotting home into an empty net, rounded off a sensational afternoon for the unfancied Hessens. 

4. Adios & Addio: A Weekend of Farewells

Although three of this generation’s greats bade farewell to their respective clubs this weekend, none are set to hang their boots up for good this summer. 

However, that did not stop the teary-eyed departures of Andres Iniesta of Barcelona, Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus and Fernando Torres of Atletico Madrid – who scored a brace in his send-off – taking centre stage. 

The significance of the changing of the guard will be felt more at Barca and Juve undoubtedly, as their search to now find suitable replacements for the arguably irreplaceable begins.  

5. Tempers Flare: Legia Warsaw Crowned Champions Amid Crowd Trouble

In a bizarre end of season moment, Legia Warsaw were crowned champions of Poland without actually completing 90 minutes. 

This was due to Wojskowi being awarded a 3-0 walkover after Lech Poznan fans threw flares onto the pitch as Legia went 2-0 up on the 77th minute, forcing the referee to abandon the game. 

Following the contest, the Polish Ekstraklasa league commission granted Dean Klafuric’s side maximum points – meaning they finish up with a three-point buffer over next in line Jagiellonia Bialystok. 

6. Fan Frictions: Sporting Lisbon Suffer Shock Defeat After Attack

In Portugal, Sporting Lisbon suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to relegation survivors Aves in the Portuguese Cup final, just five days after the players were attacked by fans. 

A 50-strong group of hooded supporters attacked players and officials at Sporting’s training base on Thursday – leaving doubts over the participation in their final. 

However, after deciding to go ahead, Aves, a side who have spent just three years in the Portuguese top-flight since 1930, secured the silverware through Alexandre Guedes early on before Oeiras added a second 15 minutes from time. 

As the underdogs netted their second, Sporting fans were seen clashing with police as they made their distaste known.  

7. ‘I’ll Be Back’: Parma Secure Third Straight Promotion

However, always wanting to leave on a high note, Parma are back in Serie A three years after they were declared bankrupt following a dramatic third successive promotion. 

Despite leading 2-0 against Spezia, Frosinone’s 2-1 lead over Foggia was expected to condemn the former Uefa Cup winners to the promotion play-offs. 

But in the 89th minute, Foggia managed to net a dramatic equaliser, meaning Parma secured second spot in Serie B via their head-to-head record with Frosinone. 


Spain Officially Announce 23-Man World Cup Squad as Chelsea Stars Miss Out

Chelsea front man Alvaro Morata was the biggest casualty as Julen Lopetegui? announced his 23-man squad for Spain’s World Cup campaign.

While Morata’s Blues teammates Cesc Fabregas and Pedro were also omitted, it is the former Juventus forward’s lack of inclusion which was perhaps the most surprising from Lopetegui, who instead opted for in-form La Liga-based forwards Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) and Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo).

Premier League stars who did make the cut include Manchester United’s David De Gea, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Manchester City’s David Silva. However, London duo Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso both miss out.

Spain v Costa Rica - International Friendly

With an embarrassment of riches, particularly in midfield, in-form stars Luis Alberto, Dani Parejo and Asier Illaramendi all miss out despite recent call-ups.

There is room for Real Madrid duo Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio, while Diego Costa’s recent form with Atletico Madrid has seemingly earned him the spot as first choice striker.

All 23 members of Lopetegui’s squad have been capped before, though Álvaro Odriozola and Kepa Arrizabalaga currently have the least amount of international experience, having earned just one cap each.

Full Squad

GoalkeepersDavid de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), Pepe Reina (SSC Napoli)

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Nacho (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

MidfieldersSergio Busquets (Barcelona), Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern München), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid)

ForwardsDavid Silva (Manchester City), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo).


Chelsea Take the Lead in the Race to Sign Robert Lewandowski After Agent Rules Out Real Madrid Move

?Chelsea appear to have been bumped up into pole position to sign ?Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski this summer, after the player’s agent ruled out a move to Real Madrid.

The Poland international was frequently linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in the 2017/18 season, after getting himself into situations that have suggested he is not entirely happy at the club.

1. FC Koeln v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

At the start of the season he irked CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge by criticising the club’s transfer policy, and in the final Bundesliga game of the season he snubbed Jupp Heynckes’ hand after he substituted him early in the second half.

Despite those things he still managed to plunder 40 goals in 47 games, but speculation about his future is refusing to die – and as reported by ?Marca, Chelsea now have a clear route to Lewandowski after Pini Zahavi ruled out a move to Real Madrid. ?The pair were recently snapped meeting for dinner in Munich, presumably to discuss the player’s options.


Apparently Los Blancos have baulked at the £88m asking price and do not want to enter negotiations at such a high figure.

The Blues are reportedly in the market for another new striker, after Alvaro Morata’s poor first season at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard only managed 15 goals across all competitions, and is being heavily linked with a return to Italian side Juventus.

He recently lost his place in the side to January signing Olivier Giroud, and started the FA Cup final against ?Manchester United on the bench.