Robert Lewandowski: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report
Borussia Dortmund's excellent striker Robert Lewandowski is one of many world-class forwards being tipped for a big-money transfer in the summer window, with several of Europe's elite looking to secure the 24-year-old's signature.
The dangerous forward could play his final game for Dortmund in the Champions League final as the Bundesliga outfit do battle with their fierce rivals Bayern Munich in the all-German final.
Here's a look at how the highly-rated forward has fared this season, crunching his statistics and a brief scouting guide to the Polish international, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing in the next campaign.
CONTRACT SITUATION: Lewandowski signed a four-year deal when he moved to Dortmund for €4.5 million in 2010, and will be available to leave on a free transfer next summer as he deal expires in June 2014.
CAREER STOPS: Znicz Pruszkow (2006-2008), Lech Poznan (2008-10), Borussia Dortmund (2010-present)
CURRENT CAMPAIGN: Bundesliga—31 games, 24 goals, 5 assists; Champions League—12 games, 10 goals, 2 assists (WhoScored)
SCOUTING GUIDE: As Real Madrid discovered after his four-goal haul at the Signal Iduna Park last month, Robert Lewandowski is presently one of the most lethal finishers in front of the goal in Europe. A strong and powerful striker, Lewandowski possesses superb technical skills, including a deft first touch which allows him to race away from his marker.
With an infinite tank of energy and a raw, blistering pace, the Pole scored the first goal of Euro 2012 and at just 24, his goalscoring record shows why signing him would be a shrewd piece of business.
WHERE NEXT? Lewandowski only has a year to run on his contract, but has expressed his desire to leave this summer, and according to ESPN, his agent has confirmed he already has an agreement with an unnamed club.
One thing is for sure is that Lewandowski will leave Dortmund. The club's director Michael Zorc announced back in February that the Poland striker wants to depart, and The Mirror claim that Bayern Munich are favorites, ahead of Manchester United, to sign the assassin.
Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest (The Telegraph) after being taken apart by the nomadic forward in their Champions League semifinal defeat. But the Germans appear to have the upper hand after agreeing to a €37 million deal for Lewandowski's teammate Mario Gotze, and could use the young German to convince Lewandowski to join them at the Allianz Arena.
Not all aspects of his transfer are clear cut; the fact that all three of the clubs interested—Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United—could be changing their managers this summer could complicate matters.
In addition, Lewandowski is keeping his cards close to his chest, reiterating that he will not discuss his future until the season has finished (ESPN), with Dortmund concentrating on the Champions League final. And while his next location has yet to be confirmed, every sign points towards the striker making the move across Germany to join Dortmund's bitter rivals.
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