The transfer saga involving Robert Lewandowski has now rumbled on for many a month, as the Borussia Dortmund strikers contract runs toward its end. The Pole has confirmed that he is definitely leaving Dortmund in the summer, as he seeks a new challenge after four successful years with the club.
Of course we all knew this, and we all knew where he was going. It was seemingly confirmed that he would be signing for Bayern Munich in January, ahead of a Bosman switch six months later.
That was it as far as much of Europe was confirmed - Lewandowski was no longer available.
But then things took a twist last month.
It was heavily reported in German press that while previous manager Jupp Heynckes was keen on seeing the Pole at the Allianz Arena, new boss Guardiola was not such a fan, and was ready to identify new targets for the Bavarians.
Then came the revelation from Lewandowski himself that no pre-contract agreement had been confirmed with Bayern - and that he had a dream of playing in the Premier League.
This news obviously alerted the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal - who were then both linked with a move for the player.
But that interest seemed to die a week ago when Lewandowski admitted he had already decided which team he will join, suggesting that a move to Bayern is still on the cards and that any other interest was now futile.
But if there was any glimmer of hope, the wryly smiled comments of Pep Guardiola this week might have just extinguished that.
Speaking ahead of taking his Bayern side to Signal Iduna Park to take on Dortmund after the international break, he had this to say about his top of the table opponents - in particular their star player:
‘’It will be a big test for us. Dortmund present excellent football. Lewandowski is an amazing striker.’’
Surely that is now the final hint that confirms what we all thought true for a while now - Robert Lewandowski will be playing for Bayern Munich next season.
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