Robert Lewandowski to leave Germany this summer?
Who will win the battle for the Borussia Dortmund striker's signature this summer?
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has been on the radar of a number of large clubs for some time now.
Scoring 23 goals in 30 league games this season, plus ten in the Champions League - including his four goals in the memorable demolition of Real Madrid - have only served to speed up the rumour mill.
The 24-year-old has refused to sign a new contract and, with his current deal expiring at the end of next season, the risk for Dortmund is that if they don’t cash in on him now they may get nothing for him a year down the line.
It was reported recently that Bayern Munich already had a deal in place for the Poland international striker to follow his team-mate Mario Gotze from their main rivals at the end of the domestic season. However, after much discussion between the two teams Bayern were issued with an ultimatum to table a formal bid by May 15 or miss out.
That deadline has now passed and no offer was made, which means he is now on the market for the other suitors to pursue.
The player himself told Polish news channel TVN: "A possible transfer is not a subject up for discussion at the moment.
"There are two games left this season and I want to concentrate on those. I think everything will be clear after that."
This statement suggests that all will be revealed after the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25, when Dortmund will battle it out with Bayern on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski's manager Jurgen Klopp has been quoted as saying: “As of today I assume that Robert also plays with us next year”
So, where will he be playing next season? The bookies' favourite destination looks like being Manchester United. With new manager David Moyes coming in, the club's American owners will probably want to back their new number one by giving him some money to splash out in the summer - and Lewandowski could be the marquee signing they need to get the fans on their side.
Lewandowski is also on the radar of Real Madrid and Chelsea, who both have big money to spend, so United may not have it all their own way.
Real Madrid may have to find a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo if he parts company with the club he joined for £80m from Manchester United, with his former employers reportedly being his preferred destination.
If he does leave, Lewandowski may be just what Real are looking for with Gonzalo Higuan also looking like he's on his way out of the Spanish capital.
It looks like we’ll have to wait after the Champions League final on May 25 before we get an announcement, but it does look increasingly unlikely that he'll be playing his football in Germany next season.
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