BAYERN MUNICH were keen on replacing Robert Lewandowski with Chelsea ace Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Lewandowski told the German giants he was desperate to leave the club in search of a new challenge, Bayern bosses hoped he would choose Chelsea.
Eventual winners of the transfer race, Barcelona, and Chelsea were keen on the 2021 Ballon d'Or runner-up.
And according to Sport 1, Bayern had hoped Lewandowski would go to play his football at Stamford Bridge instead of the Camp Nou so they could try and land German Havertz.
Sport 1 chief reporter Kerry Hau revealed: "We heard that Bayern would have preferred to put Lewandowski at Chelsea to bring Havertz to Munich."
Lewandowski was eventually granted his dream move to Barca and Bayern instead signed Liverpool's Sadio Mane, who has hit the ground running.
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But the report goes on to state that despite Lewandowski heading to Barca, Havertz will continue to be on Bayern's radar.
The 23-year-old will continued to be watched by Bayern chiefs with the view of a move in the future.
Bayern have a good relationship with Havertz's player agency ROOF.
Hau continued: "Havertz is a player that those responsible find interesting.
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"[Sporting director] Salihamidzic would have liked to have brought him in at Leverkusen, and Uli Hoeneß would have liked to have had him in Munich, too."
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