Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have each been linked with the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski after the Poland international rejected talks over a new contract.
Arsenal are amongst the favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski after the Bundesliga club’s sporting director confirmed he has turned down the offer of a new contract to stay at Signal Iduna Park.
“His contract runs until 2014,” confirmed Michael Zorc to Sky Sports Germany.
“There are two options. Either he goes in June or he stays for another year.”
Having scored 14 goals in 20 Bundesliga starts, Lewandowski is one of the hottest properties in Europe – particularly as with just a year remaining on his deal this summer he will likely be available at less than his true value.
Amongst the clubs believed to be interested in signing the Poland international striker are Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, with some reports indicating that the Bavarian team are closest to completing a deal.
However, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently told German tabloid Bild: “We’re not planning any negotiations with Dortmund,” though as ever such claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Manchester United have been linked with a deal for the 24 year-old for the last two years, but it is hard to see how he would fit into the Manchester United team.
Sir Alex Ferguson already has Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck as top quality attacking options.
Bayern Munich too have Mario Mandzukic in great form up front in their solo orthodox striker slot, with Germany striker Mario Gomez a quality backup option.
With Arsene Wenger thought to be on the lookout for a world class striker this summer, the Gunners may try to move for Lewandowski.
He certainly fits in with the Gunners’ policy of recruiting quality players at bargain prices where possible, but Arsenal will certainly have competition across Europe this summer.