Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been put on red alert after Borussia Dortmund insisted that star striker Robert Lewandowski will not be sold to Bayern Munich this summer.
It was thought that Lewandowski, Dortmund’s top scorer last season with 36 goals in all competitions, would follow team-mate Mario Goetze to Bayern, who defeated Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Champions League final at Wembley last month, as well as pipping them to the Bundesliga title and German Cup.
But Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has now stated that the transfer will not happen under any circumstances in the current window, defiantly saying that Pep Guardiola’s side will not be signing the Polish forward.
Watzke told Bild newspaper: “Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer.
“There were two phone calls in the past four weeks with Bayern. We told Bayern that due to stock exchange rules, we need a written offer for Lewandowski. But until today, no offer has come in. If Robert wants to go to Munich he will have another chance next year.”
Yet Watzke did not go as far as confirm that Lewandowski would definitely remain at the Westfalenstadion for the 2013/14 season.
“I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013,” Watzke said. “Everything else will be discussed with Robert and his advisors in the coming days. Our wish is for Robert to play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
So with Lewandowski seemingly not on his way to the Allianz Arena this summer, but the door on a transfer not closed, bwin are betting on his next club and think that the Premier League’s big three are likely to register an interest.
Bayern Munich are actually still the favourites to sign Lewandowski this summer at 2/1, followed by Manchester United, who have been linked with the Pole on several occasions over the last year, the 4/1 second favourites.
Chelsea, who look set to spend big this summer under new manager Jose Mourinho, are 5/1 to sign Lewandowski, with Real Madrid a 6/1 chance. Manchester City, who have also been reported to be looking at signing the former Lech Poznan striker, are 18/1.
Any other club is at least 25/1 – Barcelona are that price – with selected others in the betting including Monaco (50/1) and Arsenal (100/1).
It is 53/100 that Lewandowski is still a Borussia Dortmund player on September 1st, 2013.