Manchester United have dropped out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski which has given a boost to Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Polish forward is in the final year of his contract and has declared he will leave in the summer. Bayern Munich had been favourites to sign the striker when Jupp Heynckes was manager but Pep Guardiola’s takeover has seen them lose interest.
Lewandowski said he was yet to sign a pre-agreement contract with any club after speculation he was set to sign for Bayern, which alerted both Arsenal and Chelsea.
“I will be able to sign a contract in January, but I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern.”
“It was a misunderstanding. It is true I had an opportunity to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson, but we didn’t mention a transfer.”
“One day, I would like to play in the Premier League. It would be a great experience.”
His comments show that not only is he open to a move elsewhere but that he wants to play his trade in the Premier League. The Gunners have experienced first hand at what he can do after he scored the winner against them in their recent Champions League clash and will be available for free next summer.
Reports have suggested that the club are willing to cash in on him in January, for a cut-price deal of £6 million. Arsenal are desperate for a new striker and with a player of Lewandowski’s quality available for that price, they will be looking in to it.
The Polish forward could well favour a move to Arsenal with Olivier Giroud, the only senior striker at the club while Chelsea have Demba Ba, Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o & Andre Schurrle, with Romelu Lukaku on loan at Everton.