With Polish striker Robert Lewandowski having reportedly signed a five year pre-contract with Bayern Munich, German side Borussia Dortmund will have some serious shopping to do this coming summer.
The deal will see Lewandowski move to Bavaria on a free transfer this summer (when his contract with Borussia Dortmund will be up). His move will not only mark a power shift in German football, it will also leave a key position in Jurgen Klopp's team empty.
However, it seems that Klopp had foreseen such a move taking place last summer when he brought Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club. Both of them regularly drift between playing in midfield and as striker and both seem equally capable of filling the role.
Still, neither has had long runs playing as striker. In fact, Mkhitaryan has spent most of the season filling central midfield and Aubameyang seems more capable as a winger than he would be playing through the middle.
Aubameyang has scored nine goals for Dortmund this season, despite starting four less games than Lewandowski and playing on the wing.
While Klopp might find the Aubameyang might be the man to fill Lewandowski’s role in the short term, he might need to look at other long-term options to replace Lewandowski’s skillful style.
On the other hand, Lewandowski’s transfer will have quite an impact on other players this coming summer. Bayern’s current striker, Mario Mandzukic, will find himself under pressure with Lewandowski’s arrival and will presumably look for a move away from Munich.
Borussia Dortmund will come off of this worse off and will need to find themselves a replacement striker if they want to continue to be title contenders in upcoming seasons. The black and yellow side have unfortunately been dealt another big blow by rivals Bayern Munich.
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