Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he made attempts to sign Robert Lewandowski before he sealed a move to Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners were just one of a host of European giants credited with interest in the Polish forward, who recently signed a five-year deal with Bayern which will commence from July this year.
However Wenger has now confirmed that his longing for Lewandowski went past mere intrigue, and that he actively tried to sign the 25-year-old- although his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.
Speculation over the Dortmund star’s future was officially ended when he signed a pre-contract agreement with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern on Saturday, but Wenger believes that it was a deal that was all but guaranteed a long time ago.
“Yes we looked into Lewandowski but honestly he signed for Bayern one and a half years ago, everyone knows that,” the long-serving Arsenal boss said.
“They can only make it official now because he is in the last six months of his contract.
“We are like everyone, we look out there and see what is happening. If an opportunity turns up, you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets.
“Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult.”
The purchase of another forward is believed to be Wenger’s No.1 priority this transfer window as he looks to provide cover for Olivier Giroud.
The recent injury to Nicklas Bendtner has left the current Premier League leaders dangerously thin up top, and they need more firepower if they are to maintain their title tilt until the end of the campaign.