The Frenchman reveals that the Pole was on their wish list.
It’s widely believed that Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich this summer, but Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal tried to sign the Poland international.
Lewandowski’s contract expires at the end of this season and it’s a badly kept secret that the 25-year-old will make the switch to Dortmund’s rivals.
Yet Wenger has revealed that the Gunners were in the chase for the forward, but that Bayern had sewn up the deal too far in advance.
“We looked into it but, honestly, [Lewandowski] signed one-and-a-half years ago,” the Frenchman was quoted by Goal.
“Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and Bayern will not sell Mandzukic now. Maybe at the end of the season.”
Wenger believes that there are so few top quality players that are actually available to the north London club and that they should be wary of overpaying for average footballers.
The side are in desperate need of attacking support in the January transfer window, as highlighted by their lack of options when Olivier Giroud picked up an injury during the festive period.
There has been speculation that Wenger would be making bids for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic.
As it is it seems the 64-year-old is not going to be rushed into making a purchase and there is a very realistic chance that Giroud could remain the sole focal point of the team’s attack until next season.
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