In what has been a transfer saga engulfing Bundesliga headlines for the best part of 18 months, Robert Lewandowski is ready to make a clear statement on his future in 2014.
Raphael Honigstein tweeted what the Pole had reportedly told news publication Bild, saying there is no longer a need for other clubs to continue with their interest:
This comes just a couple of weeks after Lewandowski flirted with the idea of moving to a Premier League club, per Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror, saying that featuring in the English top flight would be "a great experience."
Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is also reported to have confirmed the departure:
BVB boss Watzke in @SportBild: "There's a clean-cut agreement that Lewandowski will leave in the summer, we're looking for replacements"— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) November 6, 2013
For months now, Lewandowski has found himself at the centre of an extremely complicated affair, built on contract agreements, fees and buy-out clauses, all seeming to point to a 2014 transfer to Bayern Munich, as Honigstein says in his tweet:
So complicated are matters, in fact, that the player himself hasn't always been sure on his future.
According to Sport1 and Sky Deutschland (h/t Sky Sports), Lewandowski was recently asked if he'd be able to announce his long-protracted move to the Allianz Arena in January, replying:
Yes, because I can officially sign the new contract in January. Right now, I can't say anything. Normally, I can only reveal it officially in January.
At this moment, it is still too early and we'll have to wait a bit. But I think, I can leave in January.
Judging by what Honigstein has learned, however, the Borussia Dortmund striker has since got to grips with his situation and would seem set on his destination.
Where should Lewandowski move in 2014?
Transfer speculation reached new heights after Lewandowski impressed at Euro 2012 last summer. Even though his form at Signal Iduna Park was already well established, it brought a more global audience closer to his abilities and led to increased talk of a move in Premier League circles.
It seems apparent that the new year will tell us whether Chelsea, arguably still in need of a top-class striker, have managed to tempt Lewandowski away from German football.
The Blues were linked to the forward by Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express, amid reports that Dortmund do not want to lose their star to Bayern, who have already captured Mario Gotze this year.
As I have tweeted for months: Lewandowski will be Bayern Munich-player. If he goes somewhere else I will make a comeback in England— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) November 6, 2013
In the 15 Premier League games between them this season, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o have scored just two Premier League goals, while Bayern are far more equipped in attack and are second only to Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund in terms of Bundesliga goals scored this term.
With Lewandowski perhaps being that very subtle difference, it may not be too much longer that the Yellow and Blacks can call upon their star striker.