The Polish striker is open to leaving Bayern following a supposed lack of support (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United will rival Chelsea for striker Robert Lewandowski, with both clubs holding preliminary talks to try and lure the Bayern Munich star to England.

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News of Chelsea’s interest exploded this week, though now it has been confirmed by Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho will try and beat his old club to the Poland international’s signature.

Lewandowski is believed to have become unhappy at the Allianz Arena, citing the lack of support he received from both manager Carlo Ancelotti and his team-mates in pursuit of the Bundesliga golden boot.

Lewandowski, who left Dortmund for Bayern, is still waiting to win a European title (Picture: Getty)

Both United and Chelsea are keen to test his appetite to change scenery, with the Red Devils speaking to his representatives as recently as Tuesday.

But despite United’s interest, Lewandowski has told both parties that his preference would be a move to Stamford Bridge, with the striker more drawn towards living in London over Manchester.

Robert Lewandowski's Bundesliga 2016/17 statsAppearances33Goals30Assists5

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Lewandowski only signed a new contract with Bayern in December, keeping him at the club until 2021.

Bayern are therefore in a very strong position to reject offers and keep Lewandowski at the club, with a bid of around £100 million likely to be needed despite his recent comments.

Aubameyang just beat Lewandowski to the Bundesliga golden boot (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Polish Super-Express, he said: ‘I was not really happy with how my team helped me. I was annoyed and disappointed with the team’s attitude.’

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His agent Maik Barthel later told German football magazine Kicker: ‘Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him win the top-scorer title in the last game.

‘He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before.’

Mourinho is desperate to land a new No.9 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was released (Picture: Getty)

Despite that supposed lack of support, Lewandowski still scored 30 goals last season – one less than top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He also laid on five assists for his team-mates – meaning he contributed to a goal every 79 minutes en route to the German title – while he notched a further eight goals in just nine Champions League outings.

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