The wantaway Polish frontman made no secret of his wish to join the Bundesliga and European champions this summer but, despite his imminently expiring contract which entered its final year in June, Dortmund held their stance that he was staying put following the departure of his former teammate Mario Gotze to Dortmund’s German title rivals.
I wrote earlier this week about how the imminent arrival of Lewandowski could affect Mario Mandzukic’s status in Pep Guardiola’s squad – currently the 27-year-old Croatian is the main centre-forward at the club following the departure of Mario Gomez to Fiorentina but, should last season’s top goalscorer in the Bundesliga arrive at Allianz, there could be some reshuffling of the pack.
Now, reports have emerged that Real Madrid may have an interest in Mandzukic who may opt to swap Munich for the Spanish capital if and when his access to the first team is diminished by Lewandowski’s likely arrival.
Real Madrid had been keeping tabs on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez this summer but their long and drawn-out pursuit of Gareth Bale took their attention for the summer as well as the very best part of their available funds.
However, come January or next summer, Real Madrid will likely be on the look out for a top striker, not least in part due to the fact Karim Benzema has come in for criticism for his performances at the Bernabeu both last season and now this season too.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have revealed, via director Ian Ayre this week, that they due intend to offer Luis Suarez a new and likely improved contract despite the fact the controversial Uruguayan forward still has more than four years to run on his current deal which he only just signed last season at Anfield.
Suarez had clearly tried to engineer a move away from the Merseyside club this summer but, like his Polish counterpart Lewandowski, he was granted no such move and it would appear, although too early to tell for sure, that his hopes of moving to the Bernabeu may have been scuppered for good, especially if Lewandowski ousted Mandzukic from Munich and into the arms of the Spanish giants.
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