Arsenal are planning a January raid to lure Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to the Emirates Stadium.
The Dortmund striking sensation is in the last year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion and the Germans are looking to sell in the next transfer window for £25million instead of letting their man walk for free this summer.
Interest in Lewandowski from Bayern Munich is dwindling.
A deal to take the free-scoring striker to Munich was reportedly signed earlier this year but new Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has found success in playing a ‘false number nine’ rather than a traditional striker and is far from convinced that Lewandowski is what they need.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are on the hunt for a world-class striker after failing to land both Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney over the summer.
Lewandowski has scored 60 goals in 86 games for Borussia Dortmund.
The Polish international has been among the top scorers in the Bundesliga for the last two seasons.
But what propelled the Pole into the world-class striking stratosphere and alerted scouts from around the world was his performances and goal-scoring brilliance in leading Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013.
Real Madrid defenders will still be having nightmares about the run around Lewandowski gave them in the semi-final, where he notched all four goals in the German giant’s 4-1 victory in the first-leg.
It was a near perfect display of hold up play and destructive finishing as the watching world sat up and took notice of the intelligence and raw ability of Lewandownski’s game.
He has mastered the art of playing the lone striker role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Since being thrust into first-team action by Jurgen Klopp at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, when he replaced Lucas Barrios as the lone striker, Lewandowski has performed above all expectations.
Not only is he a lethal finisher, he links up with the midfield very cleverly, playing incisive one-touch football, which along with his sharp movement around the box, can cause real problems for opposition defenders.
This style of front man is exactly what Arsene Wenger craves for the way Arsenal go about their business in the final third.
Lewandowski has the intelligence to fit seamlessly into the Arsenal system and throwing his ability into a mix that already includes Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla would be a frightening thought for their Premier League rivals.