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Chelsea Line Up January Bid for Bayern Munich Striker Mario Gomez

by Christian Bailey

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Stamford Bridge side target German international.

Chelsea are reportedly considering making an official approach for Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez as Blues owner Roman Abramovich readies significant funds to be made available for January additions to his Stamford Bridge squad.

The German international is high up on the club’s wish-list as they look to beef up their attacking options having hitherto depending too heavily on misfiring Spaniard Fernando Torres.

The West London club may feel they have a chance of luring the 27 year old given that the Bavarian side have seen striker Mario Mandzukic more than ably filling Gomez’s slot during his prolonged period out of the game with a troublesome ankle injury.

Mario Gomez finished as Bayern Munich’s top scorer for the past two seasons, netting 39 and 41 goals respectively in 2010/11 and 2011/12. However Jupp Heynckes opted to sign Croatian international Mandzukic after he impressed during the Euro 2012 finals and the form the former Wolfsburg forward has shown will make it hard for the Allianz Arena boss to drop him in favour of the club’s usual first choice starter.

Mandzukic has notched up 11 goals in 12 games in all competitions this season and it seems clear that two big forwards are too similar to be played alongside each other and this has led to Chelsea taking an active interest in Gomez.

Given also that Mandzukic’s form has helped to lead Bayern Munich to a nine point lead at the top of the Bundesliga, having lost the last two domestic titles to rivals Borussia Dortmund, there seems a very real possibility that Mario Gomez will be considering his options.

A move to Chelsea may well tempt the former Stuttgart marksman who is yet to challenge himself outside Germany and the Premier League side are willing to offer Gomez a lucrative contract and install him as the club’s first choice forward as Abramovich begins to lose patience with Torres.

Bayern Munich paid around £30m to land Gomez in the summer of 2009 and Chelsea are willing to offer a fee in the region of €50m (£40m) to tempt the German giants into a sale.

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