Following claims earlier this week by former German international Lothar Matthaus that Robert Lewandowski would be Bayern-bound this summer, Borussia Dortmund would inevitably face a difficult task of replacing their talisman.
The Polish striker is out of contract next summer (2014), and Matthaus firmly believes that the Dortmund hit man will join rivals Bayern Munich for a fee of around £20-25 million as they risk losing him on a free at the end of next season.
How valid this claim is remains to be seen, however, regardless of whether he stays or leaves, Dortmund will no doubt be looking for another striker in a bid to provide the German champions with extra attacking options. Here are three possible transfer options that Dortmund could target.
Mame Biram Diouf
The Senegalese striker has impressed greatly following his arrival at Hannover last January. Originally discovered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while managing Molde, the former Old Trafford star identified and strongly recommended the free-scoring striker to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Diouf signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2009 and featured prominently in United's reserve set up, as well as scoring on his senior debut.
However, due to the fierce competition for places in attack, Diouf was unable to secure regular first-team football, and was eventually granted a move to the Bundesliga.
The striker has enjoyed a successful spell for Hannover where scoring 24 goals in 36 games for the German outfit since his arrival last winter.
At 25 years-of-age, Diouf is still young and has the right tools and mindset to excel at a club such as Dortmund. Strong, good in the air, pacey and skillful on the ball means he is a constant threat for opposition defenders.
Next up is 24-year-old, Ivorian striker, Wilfried Bony. Blessed with strength and skill, the Vitesse striker has expressed his desire to move during the winter, with rumours about a move to both England and Russia.
With the Russian transfer window closing on the 27th of February, there is still time for Bony to fulfill his desire of moving on from the Eredivisie, however time is of the essence and whether he will get his move remains open to debate.
Nevertheless, the striker boasts an impressive goal scoring record at Vitesse, netting 33 times in just 54 appearances, something that would greatly benefit a side such as Dortmund.
Bony is quick and a great outlet for holding up play and bringing others into play, a tactic that Dortmund are no strangers to as they specialise in hitting their opponents on the break.
Dortmund have endured relative success in the past when signing strikers from South America. Ex-Brazilian international, Márcio Amoroso scored 42 goals in 72 appearances between 2001-2004, and recently Paraguayan international, Lucas Barrios had scored 39 in 83 appearances for the Germans.
Now, a young Argentinean striker, nicknamed 'Chucky', has found himself on the radar of some of Europe's top clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan.
The U-20 international has earned plaudits for his performances at such a tender age having started off at his hometown club, Banfield, scoring 15 goals in 58 appearances.
2011 saw him earn a transfer to Vélez Sársfield, where he become the league's joint top scorer in his first season with 13 goals in 16 appearances, and fired Vélez to their 9th league title.
'Chucky' possesses good strength despite his slight frame, has a good eye for goal, as well as being a tidy dribbler. Dortmund would be taking a risk on signing a young striker who has no experience on the European stage, however, others have made the step up to the Bundesliga in the past and at a club such as Dortmund, an accomplished coach who would oversee his transition into the first-team fold would mentor him.
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