Borussia Dortmund have insisted they will not sell Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich – but are open to the idea of letting the striker leave for a club outside the Bundesliga, alerting Premier League champions Manchester United, according to the
Sir Alex Ferguson considered a move for the Poland international last summer before settling on Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, but Ferguson’s successor, ex-Everton boss David Moyes, could resurrect the club’s interest in Lewandowski, who is being valued at £25.5m by Dortmund despite approaching the final year of his contract.
Lewandowski’s expiring deal was expected to be the catalyst for Dortmund agreeing to sell the striker to Bayern but the club’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, categorically ruled out any chance Lewandowski could move to Bavaria.
“Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013,” Watzke said. “This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers. The Bayern case is closed, because there was no written offer. If Robert wants to go to Munich, he will have another chance next year.”
Dortmund are already losing midfielder Mario Gotze to the Bundesliga champions, after Bayern activated Gotze’s release clause on the eve of the Champions League final between the two teams. Gotze missed the fixture, won by Bayern, due to injury.
Watzke added: “Everything will be discussed with Robert and his advisers in the coming days. Our wish is for Robert to play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
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