Arsenal, the Express report, are set to make an opening offer of £35m for the signature of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – if they fail in their pursuit of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.
The Poland international is said to be Arsene Wenger‘s back-up to Benzema in this summer’s transfer window, as the French manager is chasing an ‘exceptional’ player before the market closes.
El Confidencial journalist Kike Marin said: “The second option is Lewandowski.”
Lewandowski is Pep Guardiola‘s first-choice centre-forward at the Allianz Arena, and it would certainly come as a shock if the former Barcelona boss agreed to his sale.
He scored 17 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances.
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While Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are expected to further strengthen their senior squads in the coming weeks, all eyes are certainly fixed on Arsenal’s activity to stun their rivals with a marquee signing.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were lured to the Emirates late on in the last two years, and we wouldn’t rule out a repeat of events this summer.