It had appeared to anyone who was following this story that a move by Borussia Dortmund’s prolific goal scorer Robert Lewandowski to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich was a done deal.
This was of course until Dortmund’s president Hans-Joachin Watzke had his say in the matter.
“Lewandowski will definitely not go to Bayern in 2013,” Watzke said in an interview with the German sports paper Bild. “This is final.”
Despite what Watzke may say it is just a ploy to raise the price of the Polish international, and to get other clubs willing to put bids in as the 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and would be free to join any club he wants even following his Dortmund team-mate Mario Götze to Bayern Munich.
This news will of course come a shock to the striker who thought the deal was done and dusted when he said to Bild: “We have been in agreement with the new club for some time now. I have informed the people in charge at Dortmund and I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer.”
“This would be the best thing for all sides. Dortmund are a fantastic club that will always have a special place in my heart. However, I am looking for a new challenge in the future,” the striker added.
Manchester United has long been linked with Lewandowski but the question remains as to whether new manager David Moyes has a place for him in his plans for the club.
If as expected Wayne Rooney leaves it would of course present the perfect opportunity for Lewandowski to join the Red Devils.
Also now unable to sign the man they want the German Champions may turn their attention to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who has said to the press in Uruguay that he is looking to leave England, and with his managers brother Pep Guardiola now in charge at Bayern this is also a possibility.