Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich next summer, Borussia Dortmund’s fierce rivals in the Bundesliga, but reports have now suggested that the deal is not yet done and dusted.
Lewandowski, who shone in last year’s Champions League semi-finals when he scored all four goals against Real Madrid, is set to leave Dortmund either in the summer or in January as the forward has failed to agree a new deal at Westfalenstadion.
His existing contract expires at the end of the current season and, under Bosman rules, the prolific striker is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with other clubs as soon as January. He has previously confirmed his desire to play for Bayern Munich but recently revealed that he has not agreed any contract with Pep Guardiola’s team.
This has alerted English clubs who are keen to thrash out an agreement for him in January. According to the Mirror, Arsenal and Manchester City have shown an interest in signing the 25-year-old.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini already has four strikers at his disposal but is targeting a swap deal which will see Lewandowski head to the Etihad Stadium with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko moving in the opposite direction.
Dzeko was a starter for Pellegrini in his first few matches in charge, but inconsistency has seen slip down the pecking order with Negredo taking his place. The former Malaga boss is now prepared to let go of Dzeko in order to bring Lewandowski to Manchester.
However, they will have to fight it out with Arsenal, who are scouting for a prolific forward for January. The Gunners are sitting pretty at the top of the table and Wenger wants to strengthen his frontline for a sustained challenge on the title.
The report suggests that Arsenal are willing to spend in the range of £25 million to sign Lewandowski, who has admitted his desire to one day play in England.
“I don’t think it is a real big surprise that I have expressed a desire to play in England at some point in my career,” said Lewandowski. “The Premier League is one of the best and most exciting in the world because it is attractive for most of the world’s top players.”