Some of the most unsurprising yet audacious news of the new year has surfaced. Borussia Dortmund star forward Robert Lewandowski will be joining Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer.
The reported transfer fee? Free. Not £40, or £30, or even £10 million, but free. The Bavarian giants have possibly pulled off one of the biggest transfer coups in recent years by taking their biggest rival’s best player, and giving them nothing in return.
The 25-year-old Lewandowski had publicly stated his plan to move to Bayern last year and now it is finally coming to fruition.
This will not sit well for Dortmund fans as Bayern had already taken their best young talent Mario Gotze last summer, and Marco Rues is constantly linked to other clubs in every single transfer window.
Basically, the rich are getting richer and the strong are getting much, much stronger.
Lewandowski will be moving from a club where he is the undisputed first-choice striker to one where he will have to compete for time with the very good Mario Mandzukic. That is, unless the Croatian marksman opts for a switch to Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly in hot pursuit now that the transfer has been finalized.
Mandzukic was pivotal in last year’s treble winning campaign for the Munich side and is the club’s top scorer this season with 10 goals in 16 games. His signature would definitely be a good piece of business for Arsene Wenger even if Pep Guardiola deems the forward surplus to requirements.
Dortmund and Bayern are already fierce rivals, but this will amplify the tenacious hatred between the two clubs and their supremely loyal supporters. It will be interesting to see how the fans react to these reports and if the timing of the news will in any way affect Lewandowski’s form in the second half of the season; he has already scored 11 times in 2013-14.
Again, a free transfer for a world-class forward. Let that sink in.