Robert Lewandowski is in England. And, if he has his way, he just might be back to stay in a few months’ time.
Speaking to The Telegraph ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley, the Poland international revealed he was still available to the highest bidder, insisting he had “never said” a contract with Bayern Munich had already been agreed upon.
“It was a misunderstanding,” he said, adding, “I will be able to sign a contract [with any club] in January.”
Lewandowski’s latest remarks fly in the face of comments he made to German television channel Sport1 just last month when he indicated a pre-contract with Bayern would be finalized in January—five months before his current pact with Borussia Dortmund is set to expire (Guardian).
And after angling for an exit out of Dortmund during the summer, the 25-year-old told Polish newspapers that it was “not fair” for the Bundesliga club to keep hold of him against his wishes.
“I don’t know if the situation will fail to leave a mark on me,” he mused. “It’s in my subconscious and there will come a time when I will be in a bad mood before the game.”
No doubt each of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are hoping the striker’s mood improves should they manage to pry him from Dortmund’s clutches during the January transfer window. The Premier League giants could also open talks with Lewandowski regarding a pre-contract should Dortmund opt to keep him at Signal-Iduna-Park until the end of the season.
Lewandowski didn't deny having a deal with Bayern. He denied admitting to having a deal with Bayern. #readinghelps— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) October 14, 2013
United, who could use some added oomph in the attack, have been linked to the two-time Bundesliga champion in the past (Telegraph), and in an August interview with The Sun Lewandowski admitted to having had previous contact with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson regarding a switch to Old Trafford (Goal).
“There was definitely a great feeling,” he said at the time.
Chelsea, too, have had contact with Lewandowski.
Jose Mourinho, who quit Real Madrid for Chelsea in the spring, sent the Pole a text message following his four-goal showing against the Spanish side in last season’s Champions League, and his interest in the player is thought to have followed him to Stamford Bridge.
“It was a private conversation, so I don’t want to make big things out of it,” Lewandowski told The Sun. “I can confirm I spoke to him” (Goal).
Manchester City are also thought to have made a play for Lewandowski during the summer (Express), although the acquisitions of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic took them down a different path.
And Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski, speaking to Polish outlet Polska The Times, did his best to drum up a swoop for Lewandowski from his own side, saying, “He can make it anywhere and he would fit perfectly at Arsenal” (Goal).
Liverpool, meanwhile, have yet to be linked to the former Lech Poznan front-man, although that could change in the off-chance they decide to move Luis Suarez out of the club either in January or next summer.
Lewandowski prefers Bundesliga stay so he can fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League for the world's greatest team Real Madrid.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) October 14, 2013
A Saturday report in the Mirror divulged that the Reds were prepared to lose the Uruguay international to either Arsenal or Real Madrid, and given the hole Suarez’s exit would leave in the Liverpool attack—as well as the cash windfall they’d come into with a sale—an approach for Lewandowski would make sense.
But would swapping one controversial striker for another be in their interests? And for the other Premier League sides mulling an offer for Lewandowski, would acquiring a player who never seems to be happy and who changes his story at a whim be in theirs?
That’s the question they’ll have weigh against Lewandowski’s goal-scoring ability. That is, if his most recent claims about Bayern are actually true.