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Chelsea Make Bayern Munich Forward Mario Gomez Number One Summer Transfer Target

by Christian Bailey

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Stamford Bridge owner hopes to lure German to West London.

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Chelsea are reportedly readying a summer bid for Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez as Roman Abramovich looks set to admit defeat and sell misfiring Spanish striker Fernando Torres.

The Stamford Bridge side have identified Gomez as a high priority summer target as Chelsea look to bring alternative striking options.

Abramovich hopes to tempt the 27 year old German international into a move to the West London club with a wage offer far in excess of that which he received from his Allianz Arena employers.

Chelsea may feel they have a decent chance of turning the prolific marksman’s head since he has returned from long term injury only to see new signing Mario Mandzukic occupying his spot in Bayern Munich’s starting eleven, and perhaps more importantly noting that the Croatian forward is doing so with some aplomb.

Gomez returned from a lengthy period out with an ankle injury in late November but following his first Bundesliga start of the season, against Freiburg, the former Stuttgart man has been consigned to the bench for three matches on the trio before the winter break kicked in.

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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 17 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.

Mario Mandzukic’s form has helped Bayern Munich to a big lead at the top of the table and as such is even less likely to be dropped by Heynckes.

A move to Chelsea could interest the big forward 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 strike.

It would take Chelsea an offer of £30m+ to tempt the German giants into a sale, especially as Gomez is tied to a long term contract, but given the spending Roman Abramovich has sanctioned over the past year that may not be an issue for the Premier League side.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani, who have both been prolific in their respective leagues, but Abramovich feels Gomez may be a better fit as a spearhead for his Blues attack.

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