With many top Premier League clubs requesting the services of Borussia Dortmund Robert Lewandowski, the striker had many options to assess.
But according to Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, the Poland international will be leaving to join German rivals and heavyweights Bayern Munich at the end of the 2013/14 season - for free.
It is believed that this is Lewandowski's own decision.
Jurgen Klopp told Welt am Sonntag: "I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season."
"Now the only question is how to shape the time until then.
"That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season.
"Up to a certain point we were with Robert's desire for change and were ready to talk. But nothing happened so we had to eventually say: '[A sale] now no longer works for us.'
"And now we want to prove that, with a quality player like Robert, we can be successful in the coming year. Our results in the coming season is what we're all about. I know that Robert and I see it the same way."
Letting a world-class player leave at the end of their contract for free is ridiculous, though. Yes, Dortmund wish to squeeze another year's service out of the striker but if they let him go now they will at least receive some money to help aid their search for a replacement.
With the Poland international looking set to leave Dortmund, who do you think they should sign as a replacement?
Dortmund have looked like a top club recently, and having reached the final of the Champions League, which is arguably the most prestigious league for club teams, will they still be able to challenge at the same level or even higher if they let Lewandowski go?
They certainly need to think things through and appoint a successful replacement who will be effective, otherwise Dortmund could fade out.
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