The future of star Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is up in the air with Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc confirming that the striker will not be allowed to leave for Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski seemed destined to move to the current European champions but has been told by those in charge at Dortmund that he will not be able to leave the Champions League finalists for the team that defeated them in the Wembley showpiece.
Zorc told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper, "We have informed the player and his agent that we will object to a switch to FC Bayern this summer. He has always been a flawless professional so far. He has been a flawless character," he said.
This statement was backed up by the Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke who told Bild, "Robert Lewandowski will definitely not make the switch to FC Bayern in 2013. That's final. we have informed Robert and his agents now."
This announcement has led to speculation that the striker will seek to seal a move to a club outside of the Bundesliga, which has placed English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester United in the frame as potential destinations for the striker.
United have been long-time admirers of the Pole who originally made his name at Lech Poznan and is coming off a season in which he scored 36 goals, including four in the home leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
With increasing speculation that Wayne Rooney may be on his way out of Old Trafford, Lewandowski is seen as the ideal candidate to take the place of Rooney at United.
Chelsea could also loom as a possible destination, with incoming manager Jose Mourinho looking to bolster his strikeforce, with the blues currently linked with some of the world's finest striking talent, including Edinson Cavani and Hulk.
Dortmund risk receiving less money for the sale of Lewandowski to a team other than Bayern but having already lost young starlet Mario Gotze to the Bavarian giants, do not want to sanction the sale of their other key man to the Bundesliga heavyweights.
The only risk for Dortmund is that Lewandowski is entering the final year of his contract and he may decide to see out the terms of his current deal and leave for Bayern at the end of next season on a free transfer.
This would however appear unlikely and Dortmund are much more likely to sell him to a foreign club to receive some sort of transfer fee for their star striker.
This looks as though it could be one of the major transfer saga's of the summer as there will be no shortage of suitors for a player of Lewandowski's undeniable quality.
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