Fresh from UEFA Champions League heartbreak, Borussia Dortmund fans have been dealt another cruel blow from Bayern Munich.
It seems stealing Mario Goetze for a reported €37 million, as reported by BBC, wasn't enough to sufficiently weaken their closest rivals, as Jupp Heynckes has suggested Robert Lewandowski is closing in on a move to die Bayern too, according to ESPN.co.uk.
The Pole scored a phenomenal 34 goals this season as Dortmund fired their way to second in the Bundesliga as well as a showpiece final, but with just a year left on his contract and no interest in sticking around, BVB have been forced into a position to sell.
As per the aforementioned report, Juergen Klopp has admitted to being in the dark when it comes to Lewy's future, simply stating "at the moment I would just say: he is with us."
And Heynckes suggests, Lewandowski's impending move to Bavaria would help incoming boss Pep Guardiola build a new era of football at Bayern.
But now more than ever, question marks linger over the decision to push Heynckes out in favour of the former Barcelona boss. Pep is unquestionably brilliant, but Bayern are on course to land a historic treble to crown off a record-breaking season.
Die Roten fans loathe the decision to remove the current manager, while the consistent recruitment of central midfielders represents another axe to grind.
The addition of Lewandowski is curious and could only possibly point to two facts:
Firstly, Mario Gomez is off; The striker has signaled his unhappiness at a lack of playing time, according to Goal.com, and, should Lewandowski join Gomez, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro, competition would be too fierce.
Second, Mario Goetze likely isn't set to become Guardiola's next false-nine full time. The Spaniard may experiment with it and use it once or twice, but with star-studded strikers turning out for the reserves, he's not a feasible option in that role.
Should Gomez stay, Bayern will be faced with a situation similar to the one taking shape in midfield: Javi Martinez, Luiz Gustavo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sebastian Rode and Emre Can will all fight for spots next season; Leon Goretzka is another possible option, according to ESPN FC.
On face value, Lewandowski is coming in to replace the unhappy Gomez. Should the German stick around this summer, it could point to a possible striking duo that Pep is looking to trial.
He's not going to bring back the 4-4-2, is he?