Sunday 21 January 2018

Dortmund block sale of Lewandowski to Bayern

Luke Edwards

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI could be poised for a shock arrival in the Premier League, after Borussia Dortmund blocked his sale to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski had appeared to be on the verge of completing his "dream move" to the European champions, but Dortmund president Hans-Joachin Watzke is adamant he will not allow him to join their bitter domestic rivals.

That may merely delay the inevitable, as Lewandowski will be out of contract at Dortmund next summer and free to join Bayern at that time, but it could also give Manchester United renewed hope of landing the striker.

Manchester City and even Chelsea may also look to exploit Dortmund's reluctance to lose one of their best players to the side that defeated them in both domestic and European football this season, most notably the Champions League final at Wembley last month.

Should Lewandowski's move to Bayern fall through this summer, it could lead the German club to bid for Liverpool and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez instead.

In turn, should United hijack the Lewandowski deal and take him to Manchester, it would dramatically increase the possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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