Wenger reveals Arsenal approach for Lewandowski with Mandzukic on the radar

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he attempted to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund but was told he had already committed to joining Bayern Munich, the Daily Mail has reported.

Lewandowski’s Dortmund contract expires this summer and he has already agreed to move to Bayern, coming to terms on a five-year deal that will come into effect on July 1. Wenger made his move more than a year ago but was informed the Poland international had his heart set on a switch to Munich.

We looked into Lewandowski but honestly he signed for Bayern one and a half years ago, everyone knows that,” Wenger said. “They can only make it official now because he is in the last six months of his contract.

Wenger added that he did not expect many new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window, but would be ready to move if the right player became available. “We are like everyone, we look out there and see what is happening,” he added. “If an opportunity turns up, you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets. Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult.

The long-serving boss also did not dismiss an approach for Mario Mandzukic, the Croatia striker currently at Bayern, but believes any attempt to sign the striker would prove fruitless in January. “Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and they will not sell Mandzukic now – maybe at the end of the season,” Wenger said.

Mandzukic joined Bayern in June 2012 and this season has scored 14 goals in 26 games for club and country.

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