Robert Lewandowski, the Borussia Dortmund striker, has signed a five-year contract with Bayern Munich and will join the European Champions next season. The Polish international will join the Bavarian club on a free transfer as his contract with Dortmund expires at the end of the season. Dortmund will get nothing for their striker but the Champions League runners-up can only blame themselves for not selling him last summer.
After an exceptionnal 2012-13 season in which he scored 36 goals in 49 matches and helped Dortmund reach the Champions League final, Robert Lewandowski was one of the most coveted players in Europe. The Polish International was then approached by Bayern but Dortmund held on to their striker even though they knew that he had only one year left in his contract. After selling Mario Gotze to Bayern, Dortmund did not want to sell two of their best players to a rival club in the same transfer window.
Knowing Lewandowski’s desire to join the European champions and more importantly his contractual situation, selling him would have been a wiser decision and would have benefited Dortmund in the long run. The Polish striker was worth at least 25 Million Euros and that money could have been used to get another striker even though it would have been nearly impossible to find one as good as Lewandowski. By keeping him, Dortmund were hoping that Lewandowski would change his mind and sign a new contract but the Polish international was determined to join Bayern.
Dortmund didn’t get a penny for their world-class striker but will still have to find a replacement for him next season. Also, for the next five months, Lewandowski will have to deal with the fans of the Signal Iduna Park who will feel betrayed by their Polish striker after he joined a rival club. Having one his players booed by his own fans every time he touches the ball is the last thing Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp wanted but the German manager will have to manage this situation.
Bayern Munich has signed one of the best strikers in the world on a free transfer and will be very difficult to beat next season. Borussia Dortmund knew the risk they were taking by keeping Robert Lewandowski but still took the gamble by refusing Bayern’s offer last summer. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t pay off.