Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowksi appears to be set for a new club after the German side confirmed that he doesn’t want to sign a new contract.
The Polish striker is widely seen as one of the top strikers in Europe, and with his contract expiring in 2014, he now looks to be on the way out. The German Bundesliga champions, however, may look to sell before next season in an attempt to cash-in, similar to the situation with Robin Van Persie and Arsenal.
“Robert Lewandowski is not going to sign a new contract. We will have to see if he is going to be on the move in the summer,” Borussia Dortmund director of football, Michael Zorc told German Sky TV. Trust can be taken from the words of Zorc, where his role as director of football is part of a much tightly knit affair in compassion to those in a similar role in the UK.
“His contract runs until 2014. There are two options. Either he goes in June or he stays for another year.”
So now starts a new debate regarding one of European football’s most clinical strikers. The 24-year old Polish striker is more than just a goal scorer though, having added to his all-round game playing in the hole during his first season with Dortmund. He’s seen setting up chances for others just as frequently as finding the target himself, as Real Madrid found out in their home-tie during this season’s Champions League group-stage.
Lewandowski has scored 44 goals in 82 appearances having signed from Lech Poznan in 2010.
According to magazine, Four Four Two, Lewandowski’s dream is to play in England, so it was perhaps inevitable that he would Dortmund leave at some point, but just where next is the question.
The fearless spending in modern day football from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and more recently Paris Saint-Germain means those names will surely be sniffing about for the marksman, but as previously stated his dreams and ambitions appear to be firmly an English affair.
Many media sources believe Manchester United have been after Lewandowski for several seasons, but with the addition of Van Persie last summer, and the strong depth in their attacking options, I cannot see another pricey addition to the front-line any time soon.
Having said that, Sir Alex Ferguson is a strong believer in keeping competition flowing throughout his squad, year in year out. He has previously stated that the one regret of his 1999 squad was the failure to add further talent.
I’m sure Arsenal fans will be quick to hurl about demands for the Pole but the situation with Arsene Wenger and the club’s spending policies is certainly an unknown going into this summer’s transfer window.
One thing is for sure, that it may trigger various other potential big name moves, and visa-versa.