Chelsea signing Robert Lewandowski could help Declan Rice land Stamford Bridge transfer

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Should Chelsea complete a summer move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, it could significantly boost the club’s chances of recruiting West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. The Blues are understood to be in the market for a world-class striker and a midfielder in the current window, but are yet to make their move for any potential transfer targets.

Chelsea’s interest in Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has continued to dominate the rumours coming out of Stamford Bridge, with Thomas Tuchel’s side keen admirers of the Norway international.

But a deal for Haaland may not prove easy to compete in the current window, with Dortmund having already bid farewell to Jadon Sancho this summer.

The Athletic have claimed that the situation has not changed on this front and the Bundesliga side will hold firm over the 20-year-old when receiving enquiries for his services.

Next year will see Haaland’s €75million release clause kick in, which will ensure that Chelsea will face much greater competition to sign the young striker.

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The Blues may well have to opt for an alternative option as a result and could make a move for Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea have been linked with a £50million swoop for the Polish striker in recent days, whose contract at Bayern expires in 2023.

Not only would Lewandowski meet the club’s requirements of recruiting a top class forward, he would also help support a push to sign Rice.

The West Ham midfielder is another player to be heavily linked with Chelsea, though David Moyes’ side are understood to be chasing £100m for the 22-year-old.

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Although an extortionate fee, the Blues could afford both Rice and Lewandowski for the same price that Haaland is likely to command at this moment in time (£150m).

Rice currently has three years left on his current contract, but has ignored approaches from the club to further extend his deal at the London Stadium.

The England international has previously expressed his desire to be competing in Europe’s elite competition as a player and is likely to be interested about a potential move back to the club that released him as a youngster.

“To have that Champions League music playing, that’s where I want to be,” he told BBC’s MOTDx.

“It’s special, I can’t really describe it to be honest. As a kid it’s your dream, first of all to play in the Premier League, but to be competing for the Champions League [as well].”

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