Robert Lewandowski may receive extra security during the final few months of his Borussia Dortmund contract, according to one of his agents.
The Polish striker's decision to join rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer has caused many BVB fans to react angrily, suggesting the 25-year-old may need a little extra protection, according to Bild (via Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC):
"Yes, we are seriously considering it," Maik Barthel, one of Lewandowski's agents, told the German newspaper.
Uersfeld describes the potentially dangerous situation Lewandowski now finds himself in after suffering previous incidents of a worrying nature:
Since the announcement of his switch to Bayern, Dortmund supporters have shown ill will towards Lewandowski on social networks. In 2012, unknown perpetrators broke into Lewandowski’s house in a small city close to Dortmund.
Lewandowski's decision to exchange the Westfalenstadion for the Allianz Arena sees him follow in the footsteps of Mario Goetze, who made the same move during the summer. He will play the remainder of the season in Dortmund, before finally heading south.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp was forced into appealing to the club's fans after Goetze became Pep Guardiola's first signing as Bayern boss, per John Percy of The Telegraph, telling the supporters to "leave all the negative emotions at home."
The boss now faces the task of replacing a player who has scored 15 goals in 23 appearances across the Bundesliga and the Champions League this campaign, per WhoScored.
As noted by Andy Brassell in his guest column for Bleacher Report UK, Lewandowski's decision to join Bayern is the latest example of the side flexing their muscles to dominate Germany and abroad:
Whether Lewandowski went last summer or next, there is no changing the fact that Bayern are almost impossible to match. Europe’s current greatest team are players in the continental transfer market now, operating in an entirely different stratosphere to any domestic peers.
Dortmund's money men have made life harder for themselves by allowing Lewandowski's contract to run out, ensuring he will leave for free.
Having turned down a bid for the striker during the summer, per The Telegraph, supporters may question whether having the player for another season was worth holding out for—especially considering Dortmund's quest for the German title has been crushed through defensive injuries.
It will be extremely interesting to see how fans react to Lewandowski on the pitch, especially when he inevitably scores for last year's Champions League finalists.
Goetze netted an important goal during his first match against Dortmund in November, and if Lewandowski manages the same, the extra security might need to stick around.