Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.
German football expert Raphael Honigstein was categorical earlier in the month in his belief that Lewandowski would remain at Dortmund, as well.
Dortmund encouraging foreign bids, obviously. but chance of Lewandowski going anywhere else is zero, imo.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 9, 2013
Dortmund really do mean business, they will keep Lewandowski. Rare example of a club sticking by their guns. Should happen more often.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 9, 2013
Smart decision, imo, even if they miss out on €25m in the process. sends out a strong message: money isn't everything— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 9, 2013
Honigstein brings up a good point about sending out a message. Dortmund are coming off an appearance in the Champions League final. They've got a hefty windfall to come.
Is Robert Lewandowski leaving Dortmund this summer?
You combine that with the revenue that comes from Champions League football for the past two seasons and having the highest average attendance in European football, and you've got a club that isn't hurting financially.
Sure it would be better to have the €25 million that could come from Lewandowski's transfer. You can't put a price tag on what he could add on the pitch next season and the fact that current and future players will know they can't bully the club around.
Of course, none of this will put a halt to the constant speculation that Lewandowski will be on the move. Until his contract runs out or he signs a pre-contract agreement with a new club, rumors regarding his departure from Dortmund will never cease.
Here are two of the more recent rumors.
Lewandowski a Replacement for Carlos Tevez
Before Carlos Tevez left for Juventus, Manchester City were in need of another striker. Now that he's gone, that hole in the squad has just grown bigger. It's a hole Manuel Pellegrini will possibly look to fill with Lewandowski. The Daily Mirror's David Anderson reported:
Manchester City are ready to renew their interest in Robert Lewandowski as they begin shopping for a new striker.
City put out feelers a few weeks ago, they were told that Borussia Dortmund star Lewandowski's preferred destination is Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
However, Dortmund are adamant they will not grant Lewandowski his wish to join the club to whom they finished as runners-up in the Bundesliga and European Cup last season.
So a move to the deposed Premier League champions would be a way out of this impasse between the German club and the player.
It would be a bit funny to see Lewandowski go to City, after he has been linked with Manchester United as well. United haven't had a great record in the transfer market lately, so it would probably sting to see the striker move to their hated rivals.
Lewandowski would automatically become the best striker for Manchester City. The other options are Sergio Aguero, John Guidetti and Edin Dzeko. Dzeko did most of his damage coming on as a substitute, and Aguero was up and down too much last season.
Nabbing Lewandowski would be a huge coup for City, building upon what has already been a good summer after purchasing Jesus Navas and Fernandinho.
But Wait, Here Comes Chelsea
If Real end up winning the battle to land Cavani, Chelsea will launch an all-out attempt to secure the services of in-demand Lewandowski.
While the Poland international, who has 12 months left on his current deal, has not hidden his wish to join Bayern Munich, Dortmund are refusing to do further business with their biggest rivals after watching Mario Goetze make the same move earlier this summer.
Chelsea do not believe Dortmund, runners-up to Bayern in last season's Bundesliga and European Cup, will want to see a £25m asset leave for nothing next summer - assuming that the Germans will be willing to talk terms.
And with the Blues ready to offer Lewandowski £170,000 a week, the Stamford Bridge outfit hope the Pole can be tempted.
The possibility of Cavani ending up at Madrid looked a lot stronger when the player spoke of the club in admiring terms to Marca's Juan Castro. The Blues should pretty much be planning for a future without Cavani in it.
Adding a striker seems to be a bit of a quizzical idea for Chelsea in general. Sure, Fernando Torres continues to not work out. The club still has Demba Ba, purchased Andre Schurrle and is welcoming Romelu Lukaku back from loan.
Lukaku was very good for West Brom last season, and at 20 years old, he is only going to continue to grow.
Buying Lewandowski would be an upgrade, but it seems like an unnecessary one. The Blues would get along just fine relying on Ba, Schurrle and Lukaku. They should turn their attention to their midfield, which could use some work right now.