Arsenal and Chelsea target available for £7m in January – report

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski could be available for a cut price in the new year according to press reports.

The future of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is still to be determined, with the forward set to leave the German side in January or in the summer.

The Polish hitman has quickly become one of the most sought-after attackers in the European game, following dazzling displays for the Signal Iduna Park outfit.

However, the eastern European striker has made his intentions to leave Dortmund clear, and his contract expires in the summer.

Bayern Munich are favourites to lure the attacker to the Allianz Arena, and as such Dortmund are thought to be looking at other ways of ensuring he does not move to their Bundesliga rivals.

Dortmund were stung by Bayern paying Mario Gotze’s release clause, and were powerless to stop the attacker from moving to Bavaria.

With Lewandowski free to sign a pre-contract agreement with Pep Guardiola’s men come the turn of the year, Dortmund chiefs are thought to be eager to explore the potential of selling him abroad.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are known admirers of the striker, and are expected to make an attempt to sign him in the new year.

However, with Lewandowski admitting his interest in a move to Bayern in the past, Dortmund are keen to avoid a situation where the player chooses his destination.

As such, according to British media sources, Jurgen Klopp’s men are willing to let Lewandowski leave the club before the end of his current deal in January by selling him abroad for the moderate fee of £7 million.

The Pole has been quoted this season as admitting that he would be interested in playing in the Premier League, and both London sides and Manchester United have been linked with him in the past.

Arsenal know all too well of the striker’s abilities, as Lewandowski scored the winner against them at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League last week.

Chelsea are still to decide on who their first-choice striker is, and there is a feeling that Jose Mourinho will look for a new big-name forward soon to lead the line.

A fee of £7 million would represent excellent value, but at the moment the power seems to lie with the player. If Lewandowski wants to go to Bayern, he is free to sign a pre-contract deal with them and wait until next season to join. However a fee of £7 million could well be ready to see Chelsea and Arsenal spring to action.

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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