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Chelsea are set to battle Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund's star striker Robert Lewandowski after ESPN reported that the Blues had an initial Â£17 million offer rejected by the Bundesliga Champions. The Polish striker recently revealed his desire to play in the Premier League, with the Red Devils believed to be the favourites to sign him. But Chelsea's arrival on the scene will certainly spark a bidding war for the 23 year old.
Chelsea have chased their share of strikers across Europe this summer as they try to find a replacement for the departed Didier Drogba. But the likes of Edinson Cavani and Hulk have proved too expensive even for Chelsea, thus forcing them to look for a cheaper alternative elsewhere.
ESPN's source said: "Chelsea have been offered Cavani, but not everybody at the club thinks he is the right player to suit their formation. The Polish centre-forward is the one the club bid for, but the offer was rejected."
Dortmund have already lost one star player to the English league this summer as Shinji Kagawa moved to Old Trafford. The loss of their top striker too will leave a huge void up front for the side which won the league and cup double last season. However, with only two years left in his contract, Dortmund might seek to make the best of the situation and sell him to the highest bidder as they are unlikely to hold on to him for too long.
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