Hans-Joachim Watzke clears the way for a Manchester United - Lewandowski bid

Bayern Munich’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that striker Robert Lewandowski will not be joining Bayern Munich this year.

Watzke has indicated there are various issues which now make a Bayern approach for the Polish striker in the near future impossible, meaning the door is wide open for Manchester United to go after their long term target.

It’s been clear for a while that Lewandowski won’t be at Borussia Dortmund beyond the summer, but it now seems his destination will not be Bayern Munich unless he wants to wait for that transfer.

“Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer,” Watzke told Bild.

United could still go after Lewandowski, especially now Wayne Rooney has made his desire to leave Old Trafford so clear.

The main rivals to them for his transfer from England were Chelsea, but news broke last week that the Blues were in talks with Napoli over the future of Edinson Cavani.

Unless Jose Mourinho is ready to contradict himself so shortly after stating Chelsea wouldn’t be making many big name and big money signings this summer, it seemingly means the path is clear for United to try and sign Lewandowski this summer.

They should definitely feel compelled to do so for several reasons with the major one being they may miss out on him completely if they fail to sign him during this summer’s transfer window.

His consistency and strike rate has been proved for Borussia Dortmund over the last three seasons as he scored the goals which helped secure back-to-back Bundesliga titles as well as an impressive win over Real Madrid in the Champions League last season.

“If Robert wants to go to Munich he will have another chance next year - I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013,” added Watzke.

Lewandowski has a big choice to make. He runs the risk of receiving torrential abuse and criticism at Dortmund if he decides to stay and hold out for a move to Bayern Munich because of the rivalry between the German clubs.

He has to weigh up the value in that against the chance of signing for United, a team that can offer him a good deal as well as a guaranteed crack at domestic and European success each season.

Unless David Moyes forgets the basics of tactical football, United are going to be up there in the Premier League, competing in the same way as Borussia Dortmund.

It’s a case of preserving his reputation and love from Dortmund fans or following Mario Gotze to Bayern and having it all ripped apart.

Do you think he’ll join United? Is this a chance Moyes should take?

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