Reports out of Germany suggest that Borussia Dortmund and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski’s prospective move to Bayern Munich next summer could be off, sparking a stampede of big clubs desperate to acquire the prolific marksman.
Lewandowski – who has scored 46 Bundesliga goals in the last two seasons for Jurgen Klopp’s side – is in the last year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion and was expected to move to the German champions, but Bayern boss Pep Guardiola’s perceived reluctance to sign the player has put the cream of the Premier League on red alert.
Guardiola is thought to be less keen on the striker than the Bayern hierarchy.
The Spaniard had his fingers burned when spending nearly £60m on Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time managing Barcelona and Guardiola’s propensity to set up his sides without a recognised number nine could scupper any deal for Lewandowski.
The two-time Champions League-winning manager has largely stuck with the ‘false nine’ system that served him so well at the Camp Nou, with Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos taking it in turns as the furthest player forward and already has Mario Mandzukic – who has scored six goals in eight Bundesliga appearances this season – if a tactical change is deemed necessary.
Premier League scouts will run the rule over Lewandowski when England host Poland.
English football fans will get a chance to scout the Dortmund man for themselves when his country visit Wembley in the final round of qualifying in World Cup Group H, with England 1/4 to get the win that would send them to Brazil next summer.
United and Cheslea are set to send people to the game with orders to assess Lewandowski’s performance against Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, who would become the forward’s teammate should a move to Stamford Bridge materialise.
Interest from Real Madrid could spark a bidding war for the players’ services.
Although Lewandowski is available on a free transfer at the end of the season the striker can expect a bumper pay-rise when he leaves Dortmund.
Big-spending Spanish giants Real are thought to be interested in bringing in the 6ft Pole to replace Karim Benzema and Bayern could pull the plug on a move if the strikers’ wage-demands are deemed excessive.