Bayern Munich have given themselves until the end of next week to tie Robert Lewandowski down on a deal ahead of the summer, which could backfire on them in a big way.
It would seem the newly crowned Bundesliga champions are trying a pressure tactic, designed to force staff at the club to get a deal for the Polish front man signed and delivered quickly before rivals for him can react.
It’s also a very subtle way for them to increase their advantage over Borussia Dortmund and also to fire up the rivalry between the two clubs ahead of the Champions League final, which could be Lewandowski’s last game for his current side.
The whole story should put a smile on the face of every single Chelsea and Manchester United fan because if next week passes and no deal has been secured, it could rule Bayern out of the running to get him.
Lewandowski could react negatively to the new his future is now the subject of a time frame, because there is still a great deal he can achieve with Borussia Dortmund over the rest of the current season.
It’s also something which is hardly going to make Dortmund any more compelled to want the move to go through faster, because it’s their biggest rivals who are involved.
If anything, they will be as deliberately awkward as possible to try and sabotage any deal, which gives them a greater chance of keeping Lewandowski heading into the new campaign next year.
The fact United are going to have a new manager heading into the summer means that the club is at a disadvantage to Chelsea who have been linked with several high profile strikers all over Europe.
United are fortunate in the respect that they already have four very high class strikers at the club, which the new boss may be unwilling to toy around with too much, especially if he gets Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford.
Chelsea are on the verge of officially completely a big money deal for Andre Schurrle of Bayer Leverkusen, but they still lack the sort of high profile centre forward they have been missing since Didier Drogba left the club.
Expect Chelsea to go for this deal big time, if any move to Bayern falls through because Lewandowski’s first choice could well be to stay in Germany, if he can leave Dortmund on good terms.
There is no doubt that the self imposed deadline risks that and the knock on effect is that we could still see the Polish superstar in the Premier League next season.
Bayern, United or Chelsea, where do you think he’ll go?
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