It was announced this weekend that Robert Lewandowski has agreed to a five-year deal with German giants Bayern Munich worth about €11m-a-year.
Although he is chained to Borussia for the remainder of this season, it is time for Jurgen Klopp and co. to look for a suitable replacement.
Earlier this year Dortmund were linked with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko but have, as of yet, failed to make an official approach. Perhaps an ideal option would be the in-form Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, but his £32m release clause may be a stretch for the BVB.
Let’s explore some reasonable options.
A player recently rumoured to be on his way out of AC Milan is Mario Balotelli. His style of play would work well in the team because he is able to hold up play to draw wingers into the attack, and his movement in behind the defence would allow creative players like the injured Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan more time on the ball.
He could always be used to switch in and out with Patrick Aubameyang and Marco Reus to give the attack more unpredictability. He may be up for a reduced price as well especially if he really is looking for a move.
Karim Benzema is another option for Borussia, having been jeered constantly this year at the Bernabeu coupled with the arrival of Gareth Bale and the emergence of Jese he may be interested in a change of scenery.
Although Benzema is yet to be dropped from the team, the incredible rise of youngster Jese coupled with pressure to play Bale and Angel Di Maria may start to cut into is play time.
There is also a possibility that Luis Suarez may be signed come summer time and that would leave Benzema without a place in the team.
He would be an asset to Dortmund with his ability to step out and play the ball and his poaching ability. He is a similar player to Lewandowski but just not quite on the same level.
Wayne Rooney is another option as he has recently stated he needs Champions League football to stay at United. Dortmund should finish in the top three thus securing qualification to the Champions League and a chance to sign a player in Rooney's calibre.
He has been a star for Manchester United this year with 11 goals and 12 assists in 22 matches. He would work well in the Dortmund system because of his creativity and movement. He can push the counter attack or sit back and control possession, two things that Dortmund often do.
While the best two options in Mario Mandzukic and Costa remain unlikely, there are still plenty of class strikers out there, but picking the right one is a tall order.
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