Arsenal and Manchester City could be set to battle it out in a bid to land Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, with doubts looming over his proposed move to Bayern Munich.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has just months remaining on his current deal with the German club, and is widely expected to sign for league rivals and European champions Bayern Munich next summer.

However, comments made by the 25-year-old this week about his desire to play in England have alerted both Arsenal and Manchester City, with both clubs weighing up a January move for the talented forward.

Lewandowski, who featured for Poland against England at Wembley last week, said: “I don’t think it is a real big surprise that I have expressed a desire to play in England at some point in my career.

“The Premier League is one of the best and most exciting in the world because it is attractive for most of the world’s top players.”

Despite their unwillingness to lose their star player, Dortmund have resigned themselves to the prospect of losing Lewandowski on a free transfer next summer, and so a January transfer would offer a final chance to cash in on the striker.

Reports suggest City boss Manuel Pellegrini would be prepared to offer Edin Dzeko as part of the deal, while Arsenal are also keen to splash the cash following their big-money move for Mesut Ozil this summer.

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