One player that looks set to move to a top Premier League club this summer is Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish frontman has impressed for the German champions over the last 18 months, but seems eager to take that next step. With a number of English clubs chasing the attacker, where will he end up?
Lewandowski has proven himself over the last year-and-a-half as a top striker, and deserves the plaudits and the transfer rumours of moves to big clubs. Initially it was something of a shock when the eastern European broke into the Signal Iduna Park line-up, displacing Lucas Barrios. However, Lewandowski has taken his opportunity with both hands, scoring on a regular basis and playing a big part in a domestic double for Jurgen Klopp’s men last term.
44 goals in 87 appearances for Dortmund mean that Lewandowski is an important player for the side, but his contract with the Bundesliga champions is expiring in June 2014. Dortmund director Michael Zorc has recently made it clear that the forward looks likely to search out a move to another club.
“Robert Lewandowski is not going to sign a new contract. We will have to see if he is going to be on the move in the summer.
“His contract runs until 2014. There are two options. Either he goes in June or he stays for another year.”
Manchester United are the favourites in the football betting stakes of the English sides linked with the forward, and it is fair to say that Lewandowski has the right blend of skills and eye for goal to be a hit at Old Trafford. However, with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa on their books, the current Premier League leaders look more than equipped in attack. That said, with Sir Alex Ferguson using Kagawa and Welbeck on the wings and Rooney dropping deeper each season, an out-and-out striker may well be of interest.
It has been well publicised that Manchester City are in the market for a new striker. Mario Balotelli has been sold, Edin Dzeko is out of favour and Carlos Tevez is temperamental; Sergio Aguero looks like the only one with a long-term future at the club. The Etihad Stadium outfit are said to be keeping tabs on Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, but should a move for these two fail, Roberto Mancini may look to Lewandowski to bolster his attacking options.
Arsenal have struggled this season, with one of the main reasons being the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Olivier Giroud has failed to find consistency in his first season in England, and the north London side are in real danger of missing out on Champions League football for next season. If bolstering is to be done in the summer a new big-name goalscorer will surely be one of the requirements; Lewandowski fits the bill. The Gunners have also a past record of signing players from Dortmund with Tomas Rosicky and Thomas Eisfeld joining from the German team.
Chelsea are certainly a club in transition, and it remains to be seen who the next Blues boss will be. Demba Ba has been signed to get goals for the club, with Fernando Torres continuing to flounder. The next boss may well say enough is enough and get rid of the misfiring Spaniard, and as such a new frontman could be on the cards for the Stamford Bridge side. Chelsea have been playing one up front with the likes of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard in support; Lewandowski is the perfect lone forward.
Finally, Tottenham are a team on the up and are closing in on a top four finish this term. With ambitions of keeping star players like Gareth Bale at the club and progressing to be a regular Champions League participant, the signing of one or two top players is needed. Spurs have been short up front at times this term, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the only recognised forwards at the club. A move for Lewandowski would be ambitious, but a major coup if it was to materialise.
All-in-all, Lewandowski is a top player, and a number of other leading teams on the continent will look to pry him away from Dortmund in the summer too. However, he has all the attributes to be a success in England, and no doubt a number of the top Premier League sides will be in the hunt for his signature.