Robert Lewandowski could be back on the market as Borussia Dortmund confirmed his proposed move to Bayern Munich is off.
The Polish striker looked set to join Champions League winners Bayern Munich this summer with his agents stating a deal had been agreed. However Dortmund said they would not be selling the striker to their rivals. “Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013,” the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild newspaper. “This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed”
Dortmund were angered in April when it was confirmed that Mario Gotze would join Bayern in the summer having activated the player’s £32.5 millon release clause. Lewandowski however has no such clause in his contract and so his destination is in the hands of his club who say a deal with Bayern is not possible.
The Poland international’s contract ends next summer and should he desperately want a move to Bayern then he could stay with Dortmund for one final year and then leave for the Allianz Arena however his availability has alerted Europe after it had appeared his future had already been sorted.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid were all said to be interested in the forward and could come in with a bid with the striker wanting to leave the club.
Watzke stated his wish would be for Lewandowski to stay with Dortmund but confessed he did not know if the striker would say. He did however reiterate the 24-year old would not be joining their rivals, Bayern Munich.
“I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013, everything else will be discussed with Robert and his advisors in the coming days. Our wish is for Robert to play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
Depending on what Lewandowski wants more will depend on where goes. Does he want to leave Dortmund more than join Bayern or will he ride it out with the German club for another year and then join the current Bundesliga champions for free.