Bayern Munich have three strong strikers in Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro, but are still aiming to add Robert Lewandowski to their ranks. The BVB man is one of Europe's most dangerous and coveted strikers, and signing him would have a twofold advantage for Bayern: It would strengthen their squad and be a hefty blow to their domestic rivals.
Although Bayern continue to deny a deal with the player has been sealed, popular sentiment in Germany is that the player and Bayern have agreed to two contracts: One that would take effect this July should Dortmund agree to sell him and another that would begin on July 1, 2014 when the Poland international's contract with BVB expires.
Jupp Heynckes' agent revealed in April that Bayern had an agreement with Lewandowski, and independent reports from the Daily Mail and Bild have backed up these statements. The latter broke the news of there having been two contracts agreed.
Having been forced to sell Mario Gotze due to the player's buy-out clause having been activated, Dortmund have no intention of selling a second key figure to their domestic rivals. CEO Hans-Joachim Watkze had set a deadline of May 15 for clubs to submit offers for Lewandowski and none has been revealed.
In an attempt to force a move to Bayern, the player has reportedly told Dortmund's bosses that he would only accept a transfer to Munich. BVB would be more willing to sell to a foreign club should an offer of €25 million be tabled, but a transfer could only occur if the player and buying club were to reach an agreement that the player has allegedly ruled out.
If they don't sell to a foreign team, Dortmund could simply keep Lewandowski until his contract expires in 2014. BVB are not financially compelled to sell him and might prefer another season with their star striker rather than starting anew with a different target man.
After the Champions League final, Jupp Heynckes nonetheless suggested it wouldn't be long before Lewandowski signs with Bayern. And Lewandowski's agent is doing everything he can to make the deal go forward sooner than later. On Monday, May 27, he said: "Robert will play for Bayern when Borussia keep their word. The two clubs only have to reach an agreement. It's a matter of a week or two, maybe three."
Even Lewandowski has spoken out to push for a transfer. In an interview with Sport-Bild on June 5, he said: "I expect everything to be cleared up now so that I will be allowed to move to my dream club this summer. That would be the best for everybody involved."
Given that the topic is being openly discussed at Bayern and by the player and his agent, surely a deal cannot be far away.