The race to land prized Polish International Robert Lewandowski is heating up, after Italian side Juventus made a direct inquiry to Borussia Dortmund about obtaining the services of the 24-year-old.
According to Goal.com, the Bianconeri sent a fax to the defending German champions this week regarding a proposed transfer for Lewandowski. While Juve has only asked for Dortmund's asking price for its Polish star, he is at the top of their list of forwards to bring to Turin.
Considering Lewandowski is cup-tied in Europe and that Dortmund itself is into the knockout phases of the Champions League, any move to bring the former Lech Poznan man to Italy would have to wait until the end of the season.
The move by Juventus comes after (via ESPN) Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp hinted earlier this week that English side Manchester United had inquired about obtaining the services of Lewandowski. While there is no word to whether this inquiry occurred prior to the signing of Robin van Persie, it has served as a catalyst for the Bianconeri as they look to bolster their attack.
Juventus has long been in the hunt for a world-class forward as they look to restore itself to its former European glory (pre-Calciopoli). The issue is however; that the Bianconeri have also long maintained that they do not have the funds to make such a move happen.
It is believed that Dortmund is looking for a fee in the realms of €35 million. Juventus on the other hand is of the opinion Lewandowski is worth €25 million. The fact the Dortmund forward has refused to re-sign with the Yellow Submarines suggests that they could potentially cash in on Lewandowski to avoid a free-transfer scenario.
Lewandowski as netted 14 times in 20 appearances this season. Last year, he bagged 22 goals on Dortmund's way to usurping the title from rivals Bayern Munich. Considering he is a pure striker, he would fit perfectly into Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 formation—which has proved so successful around Europe.
Juventus faces Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the knockout phases of the UEFA Champions League. A single point would see the Old Lady safely through.