Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has already confirmed his striker Robert Lewandowski will be leaving the Champions League runners-up at the end of next season on a free transfer.
The 24-year old’s contract expires on the 30th June 2014, and the Bundesliga side have opted not to sell him this summer, but rather are hoping he can lead the side to one last season of glory.
A number of sides around Europe had previously enquired about the Polish international, but failed to match the club’s valuation, and he was eventually ruled out of any transfer.
Premier League champions Manchester United and Bundesliga chamions Bayern Munich were two sides heavily linked to a move for Lewandowski, and the pair may both approach him on a bosman deal in January.
Many question how Lewandowski can still remain at Borussia Dortmund with his obvious grievances with general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc.
‘I feel fine in the team, but with other people I do have a problem. That is a difficult issue.’ – Lewandowski speaking to Sky.
His comments came in the aftermath of the refusal to join Bayern Munich this summer, after the move was blocked. With former Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze joining Munich this summer, Lewandowski was bemused as to why he wasn’t allowed the same treatment.
Watzke empathised with the Polish international – citing how he understands the striker’s frustration.
‘Obviously he’s referring to me. But I have got to make decisions for the good of this club. I can fully accept that Robert is a bit frustrated.’
Lewandowski would command a £25M transfer fee should he be sold this summer, but it looks as if Dortmund are happy to let him go for nothing next summer.
They feel, with Bayern Munich appointing a new manager, there is a chance to reclaim the Bundesliga title back, and Lewandowski could make one big contribution.
Will the gamble pay off?