Robert Lewandowski appeared to finally confirm on Tuesday that he will sign for Bayern Munich in January, ending any hope that the Borussia Dortmund striker may move to the Premier League.
Lewandowski has long been linked to Manchester United, while Chelsea and Manchester City have also been credited with an interest. However, the Pole was always expected to leave Dortmund for Munich.
When asked by Christian Ortlepp of SPORT1 if he could say the move was happening, Lewandowski answered, per 101 Great Goals: “Yes, because then I can officially sign a contract. Officially, I can only say something in January. At this moment it is still too early. We still have to wait a bit.”
By swapping one German giant for another, Lewandowski will follow in the footsteps of former teammate Mario Gotze by turning his back on Dortmund.
Last year’s Champions League final was an all-German affair between the two clubs, with Lewandowski in Dortmund yellow, but his change of allegiance will likely place a gulf between the sides this term.
Currently, the two teams are level on 16 points at the top of the Bundesliga, but Dortmund looked a toothless outfit without Lewandowski in a recent 1-1 draw at Nuremberg, when he only appeared as a late substitute.
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Polish news agency Pilka Nozna reports, via talkSPORT, that the striker will pen a four-year deal at Bayern, where he will provide competition for Mario Mandzukic up front.
Lewandowski has scored four goals so far this campaign, and he averages more than five shots a match, per ESPNFC. He has netted 72 times for club and country in the past two seasons. In modern football, he is considered the complete centre-forward.
Capable of turning sharply and bringing others into play, Lewandowski is equally as dangerous in the air as with the ball at his feet. At 25 years of age, he will provide Bayern with a forward in his prime and make them the envy of several top clubs around Europe, should this deal be completed officially.