Wednesday, 25 September 2013
I'm joining Bayern Munich for FREE, reveals Dortmund hitman Lewandowski
After repeated speculation over the summer months that the 25-year-old Poland forward would move to Pep Guardiola's camp, Lewandowski has let his contract run down and will be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement mid-season to commit to Allianz Arena for 2014.
For the first time since staunch denials about the move, and refusals by Dortmund's manager Jurgen Klopp to hand their most valued player to their Bundesliga nemesis, Lewandowski has said he will take his chance to join Munich on a free transfer.
In response to a direct question about whether he'll commit to Signal Iduna Park in January, Lewandowski told Sport1: 'Yes, because then I can officially sign the contract.'
The stage is set for Lewandowski to slot straight into the Champions League winners' line-up after former Barcelona mentor Guardiola released German national team forward Mario Gomez to Fiorentina, paving the way for another imposing frontman.
Lewandowski's departure would leave a gaping hole in the Dortmund attack - he's slotted 58 goals in 103 appearances since his 2010 signing from Poland's Lech Poznan.
Last year he scored 36 goals in all competitions and became the first player to score four times in a Champions League semi-final in his side's 4-1 win over Real Madrid before they fell to Bayern 2-1 in the final at Wembley in May this year.
Despite Munich's greater buying power, both sides sit joint top of the Bundesliga table after six matches on 16 points with an identical goal difference.