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Borussia Dortmand in a pinch as Lewandowski rejects Real Madrid move

Jun 13, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

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Borussia Dortmund are looking to sell Polish star Robert Lewandowski this summer, as he has one year left on his contract.

Unfortunately, the two are now at an impasse.

With the club having already decreed they will not sell him to rivals Bayern Munich, the players has now told them that’s the only place he wants to go.

Sky Italy’s Tancredi Palmeri is reporting Dortmund accepted a bit of €30 million ($40.1 million) from Real Madrid from the 24-year-old, but he immediately rejected it and said he will only accept a deal to Bayern.

Palmeri’s rather sensationalist tweet:

https://twitter.com/tancredipalmeri/statuses/345232060006428674/

So now what? Something has to budge.

Option 1: Both sides stand firm. Lewandowski accepts he will stay at Dortmund one more year and will leave at the end of his contract.  Dortmund keep him from Bayern for a year, but then get absolutely nothing for their striker when he leaves.

Option 2: Lewandowski capitulates, and Dortmund sell him to a top club for market value – possibly Madrid, or another club in the mix such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, or Juventus.

Option 3: Dortmund capitulate, sell Lewandowski to Bayern for a discounted price (they want to pay €25 million for him).  They cash in on their asset, but the treble winners get even better.

After it looked certain he would move seamlessly to Bayern Munich this summer, the saga will now most likely not play out for a number of weeks, possibly even until the final few days of the transfer window.

Don’t even be surprised if Lewandowski plays the first half of the season with Borussia Dortmund and then they look to sell in the winter.

  1. jocoolwu - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    The player has all the leverage here. Dortmund would be foolish not to cash in on him, even if they sell him to Bayern. A disgruntled Lewandowski won’t help Dortmund compete to get past Bayern. The way Klopp is able to find these diamond in the roughs they could buy 2-3 new players with the money from Lewandowski and ultimately be a better squad.

  2. maxclaytonrobb - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    There is another option here; Barcelona http://thefootballspace.com/2013/06/13/can-barcelona-find-room-for-lewandowski-alongside-messi-and-neymar/

    He’s said he admires them in the past and Barca love putting one over Madrid.

    Also, there’s almost no way he stays until January or they’d risk losing him on a pre-contract to an overseas team. Too dangerous.

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