May 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
It’s not a secret if everybody knows, which made today’s revelation a little anticlimactic. After agent Cezary Kucharski confirmed to a Polish news agency that one of his clients, Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, would try to move to Bayern Munich, the reaction has been less surprise than equanimity. We all knew Lewandowski was approaching a move to Bayern. Now, with this public confession, we don’t have to speak in hypotheticals.
Lewandowski’s eventual move to Bayern had been assumed in Germany for some time, though Dortmund has said that they will fight it. Presumably, they would prefer the Polish international go elsewhere, which is why zombie links to Manchester United trolled your news feeds.
But with only one year left on his Dortmund contract, Lewandowski has leverage. In the face of losing him on a free next summer, Dortmund may have to play ball. They could make a stand, force Lewandowski to play out his deal rather than sell him to Bayern, but that’d be akin to shooting yourself in the foot because your rival wants your shoe.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is likely to join German rivals and newly-crowned Champions League winners Bayern Munich, the Pole’s agent said on Monday.
However, Cezary Kucharski told Polish local news channel TVN24 that Bayern had yet to agree terms for Dortmund’s top scorer.
“For us it is clear, but we have not signed anything,” Kucharski said. “The clubs need to reach an agreement.” Kucharski gave no further details, but said they should emerge within three weeks’ time.
Because Lewandowski has some leverage, Borussia Dortmund might not be able to get full price for the 24-year-old. The difference, however, will be insignificant in the bigger picture.
Take, for example, Robin van Persie, who moved from Arsenal to Manchester United last summer under similar circumstances. In the last year of his deal, van Persie moved for what’s climbed to £24 million ($36.2 million), his want to move to Old Trafford combined with his contract status (one year remaining) slightly deflating his value.
Though not full price, Arsenal was still able to get a good fee for him. For the younger Lewandowski, Dortmund should be able to get more. Overall, Lewandowski’s bargaining position might knock around €10 million off the transfer fee.
If they were able to bring a Manchester United into the deal and start a bidding war, perhaps BVB could get closer to full price. But with today’s comments from Kucharski, Dortmund’s hand may be forced.
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