Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has denied reports that he has agreed to a move to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich next season, while also indicating he would like a Premier League move in the future.
Speaking to the Telegraph's Mark Ogden, the Pole discussed his future plans, with his current contract set to expire next summer, and speculation rife as to where he will eventually ply his trade.
Lewandowski said of his future:
I will be able to sign a contract [with any club] in January but I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern.
It was a misunderstanding. It is true I had an opportunity to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson [last year] but we didn't mention the transfer. One day I would like to play in Premier League. It would be a great experience.
Despite Lewandowski's comments regarding a move to Bayern, he is still expected to make a move between Germany's leading two clubs upon completion of his current deal next June.
As stated, the Polish centre-forward is permitted to talk to other clubs once entering the final six months of his contract in January. And with Dortmund having resisted a sale to Bayern this summer, per Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher, it appears likely they will lose their star forward on a free transfer next year.
Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of Europe's top strikers, and his destructive performance against Real Madrid in the semi-final of last season's Champions League, in particular, only served to add to existing interest in his services.
With 46 goals over the past two Bundesliga campaigns, per ESPNFC, as well as hitting double figures in the Champions League last season, the Polish striker has proven to be one of the continent's most deadly strikers.
Bayern and Manchester United have been high-profile suitors, per the Telegraph's Mark Ogden, but recent reports in Spanish newspaper AS also suggest Real Madrid will make a move for the player in January.
With Karim Benzema failing to hit Los Merengues' required standards this campaign, it may be that the club turn to the man who scored four goals past them in the Westfalenstadion to rectify their striking woes.
Bayern, though, appear the side to beat in the race for the Pole's services, with Pep Guardiola and his side hoping to reunite Lewandowski with former teammate Mario Gotze in Bavaria.
Lewandowski, at present, insists he has not decided where his future lies, but his name will doubtlessly be among the biggest stories of the fast-approaching January transfer window.
United may be interested, but it would seem that a Premier League move may have to wait for Lewandowski—despite his stated interest—with two of Europe's wealthiest and most successful sides intent on securing his signature next summer.