Robert Lewandowski; there is a name you are not going to get fed up with this summer.
The fact is he has always been in the crosshairs for many a Premier League club ever since he first started banging in the goals for Borussia Dortmund but ever since he smashed home those four goals against Real Madrid the race really kicked into gear with Madrid and Bayern Munich truly joining the fold.
There was talk Florentino Perez had him in a Bernabeu office after the second leg of the Champions League tie while others have maintained that a deal to see him play for Bayern next season is already complete.
Lewandowski has made his position clear; he will not be signing a new contract and with his current deal expiring in 2014 Dortmund must sell this summer to avoid him leaving for nothing.
It was even suggested that Lewandowski had in fact agreed a deal in principle with another team for this summer. Considering the parallel’s that would have with the Mario Gotze deal you can understand why two-and-two put together resulted in many suggesting this was also Bayern Munich.
In the end Borussia Dortmund gave their Bavarian rivals an ultimatum; make us an offer by the 15th May or forget it.
For those of you who do not frequent yourself with the date every morning it is the 16th; meaning the time for bidding on the Polish striker has now passed with not as much as a fax sent in anger.
Jurgen Klopp therefore suggested that he assumes his star striker will be at the club next season:
‘’Today I assume that Robert also plays with us next year’’
But that is just the deadline for their bitter rivals Bayern.
What this does do is give the Premier League clubs interested such as Manchester United and Chelsea real hope in securing his signature this summer.
With Wayne Rooney looking increasingly likely to depart the club in the coming months you would be hard pushed to suggest that Manchester United were not the favourites to snap him up.
The goal-machine is clearly available and now his most viable bachelors have certainly missed their chance to buy him a drink at the bar. Leaving the coast clear for the Premier League suitors to court this most appreciated talent.
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