Have Dortmund beaten Newcastle to strike target and paved Lewandowski transfer?

Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to a report in France, which could be a sign they are ready to offload Robert Lewandowski.

The news of a deal in L'Equipe will be unwelcome to several Premier League clubs who were interested in the forward but welcome for the sides with a deep interest in striker Robert Lewandowksi.

Jurgen Klopp could have pushed for the deal in order to replace Lewandowski who continues to be linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea after Dortmund ruled out a short term sale to Bayern Munich.

It’s been widely reported that Dortmund were courting the Gabon star but a deal now seems to have been agreed which could be a sign that the German club are ready to offload their Polish star now that they have a replacement.

If the Dortmund interest in Aubameyang hasn’t already started alarm bells ringing at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge then it should have done because the battle for Lewandowski could get very competitive very quickly.

Unlike Dortmund’s sale of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, Klopp was always going to be reluctant to let Lewandowski’s transfer gather pace until he knew that he was protected.

Lewandowski has been a very prolific player for the German side, scoring 46 goals for the club over the last two Bundesliga campaigns.

That’s an impressive tally and strike rate, which any side would be wary of losing unless they have a ready made replacement and that’s just what Aubameyang provides having scored 35 goals in the last two seasons for St Etienne.

Manchester United have to be considered the favourite to sign Lewandowski ahead of Chelsea, because of the Blues’ interest in Edinson Cavani of Napoli.

Any Lewandowski bid on the part of Chelsea would more than likely only come as a result of failing to sign Cavani, which gives United a little bit of freedom in the respect that they have some time on their side.

However, the playing field could be levelled with regards to Wayne Rooney’s future because it would be pointless for United to sign such a high profile forward who may just complicate the Rooney situation should he stay with the club.

It’s unlikely that Klopp is signing Aubameyang to use him in a double partnership up front with the Polish striker because so much of Dortmund’s play has been based around having a prolific target man in attack.

Dortmund’s quality comes from their midfield which means it would be naïve of Klopp to reduce the quality he has in that area via numbers with a formation the current team simply isn’t used to.

Everything has been pointing towards a Lewandowski exit for a very long time and there would have been hope after his recent wedding, that he planned to keep his life in Germany but this is the biggest giveaway sign yet that Dortmund are getting ready to lose another star.

What do you make of Aubameyang’s proposed move to Dortmund? Where do you think Lewandowski will be next season?

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