Written by Ben Askew
For once, Dortmund managed to hold on to one of their major stars over the summer, but what’s next for the Polish sensation?
Robert Lewandowski’s contract runs out at the end of this coming season and he will not be renewing and staying at Der BVB. After joining Borussia Dortmund from Lech Poznan in the summer of 2010 for €4.5million, Lewandowski has gone on to cement his place as one of the best strikers in Europe and with a goal scoring record of 54 goals in 98 league games for Dortmund, it isn’t hard to see why.
Lewandowski combines strength and an aerial presence despite only standing at 6ft tall, to go with his clinical finishing and knack of making clever runs behind the defense. With Falcao and Cavani having joined AS Monaco and PSG respectively this summer, Lewandowski will be on the radar of many top European sides this summer, or once he becomes a free agent after this coming season.
In this article, I will list 3 possible destinations for the Polish international if he decides to remain at the Champions League finalists for one final season and see out the rest of his contract.
Bayern Munich – Die Bayern appeared to be the favorites to sign Lewandowski, with his agent telling Polish TV station TVN24 “Yes. Robert will join Bayern this summer”. However, talk of this transfer cooled down when Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, told German newspaper BILD: “We have no intention of negotiating with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Robert Lewandowski”.
With the sale of Mario Gomez to Fiorentina, leaving Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizzaro as the 2 recognised strikers in the team, Lewandowski could be set for a move to Bavaria at the end of his contract, joining former teammate Mario Gotze who made the move this summer for a fee worth up to €37million.
Manchester United? With the on-going saga regarding Wayne Rooney’s future at the Old Trafford side still up in the air, United could see Lewandowski as the perfect replacement for the problematic striker. Rumors of United’s interest in Lewandowski have been around for the past year and the United fans would love to see the Pole link up with Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.
Football magazine ‘FourFourTwo’ once claimed that Lewandowski “dreams” of playing in England, and with United having shown interest previously could this be the perfect situation for his dream to come true.
However, if Rooney doesn’t leave the Manchester club, would it be a curious career move for Lewandowski with van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck joining Rooney in the ranks at United already?
Chelsea? Under the leadership of the self-declared “special one” once more, could West London be a possible destination for Lewandowski come the end of his contract at Dortmund. After missing out on previous targets Radamel Falcao and Edison Cavani, who both headed for France this summer, Lewandowski could be seen as the man to lead the line for Mourinho’s Chelsea.
According to reports, Mourinho text Lewandowski after the Champions League semi-final advising the Pole to join the club that he inherits next. Mourinho, who favored a strong and powerful striker during his last stint at Chelsea in Didier Drogba, could look to the Dortmund man to fill that place in his squad.