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Robert Lewandowski set to undergo medical at Bayern Munich

Jan 2, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

Olympique Marseille's goalkeeper Mandanda is challenged by Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille Reuters

Robert Lewandowski is inching closer to a move to Bayern Munich as he is set to travel to the Bavarian capital this weekend to undergo a medical examination.

The medical comes ahead of any official announcement from Bayern but from all accounts, the Borussia Dortmund striker’s transfer this summer is an inevitability.

Abendzeitung Munchen claims that Lewandowski has chosen Munich ahead of a move to Real Madrid, who he famously netted four goals against in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals last season.

The 25-year old’s move to the Bavarian giants has been in the cards for nearly a year now. Last spring Dortmund reportedly rejected a $34 million (€25M) bid from Munich for Lewandowski’s services, taking their chances in trying to re-sign the Polish international. With his contract at BVB set to expire in the summer, Lewandowski is now free to enter into pre-contract talks throughout January.

Lewandowski’s expected move to the Allianz Arena comes on the heels of former team-mate Mario Gotze, who joined Munich early last summer. It’s a transfer that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would have hoped to have avoid but will now look to mitigate by bidding on a top striker, with Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko reportedly on the German side’s radar.

  1. reasonableperson1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    No surprise here. I’ll question the competitive nature of players like Gotze and Lewandowski who instead of wanting to leave their own mark on Dortmund would rather just hop on the treble winners from last year. But I guess that’s the nature of soccer these days.

    I still don’t think Dortmund made a mistake by not selling Lewandowski to Munich last year. They can make more money in Champions League with him on the time and show they aren’t going to be forced to sell any player despite his request. How well did selling RVP work out for Arsenal. Sometimes it’s about the principle.

    • konmtu - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      I agree. I don’t understand it either. I’m more impressed by the guys who make smaller teams bigger than just walking over to the team that would win the championship without you, anyway. It’s cowardice.

    • handledan - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Good for Lewandowski, just wish he was heading to the BPL.

      If you’re competitive, you want to give yourself the best opportunity to win titles and honors. As a pro footballer, career advancement and compensation are important considering how relatively short their careers are. The few exceptions to this rule are guys like Stevie G. who are more than happy to represent their childhood club.

      Not sure what you do for a living, but I’m sure you would take a huge bump in pay to work for the best company in your industry — Nobody would fault/judge you for making the reasonable decision.

    • btfoom - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Of course, as usual, folks just show their complete ignorance and stupidity.

      Goetze had a release clause in his contract, agreed to by BVB, which was met by Bayern. He didn’t want to ‘leave his mark’ with BvB, but he was bought by an offer that was signed and agreed by the club, too bad.

      Lewa again was paid wages well below his stature and decided that, at the END of his contract, to go to Bayern. He didn’t force his way out, but chose a better place for him.

      The nature of soccer is that BvB buy many players from ‘smaller’ sides, which is what you rail against. This is the reality of soccer.

      Dortmund made a huge mistake not selling Lewa in the off- season. Bayern would have paid 40 million pounds and they could have bought another great striker and had money left. Too bad, sooo sad, BvB forever a second though to the Bavarian Giants.

      Mia San Mia

  2. crivasldnont - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    That kinda sucks, but expected. Maybe Dortmund already reached their highest level and some players realized that. This is where we get to see Klopp’s ability to build teams given these circumstances. Maybe this will be a motivator for Lewandowski and take the team far in the Champions League to keep fans pacified. Bad move for Klopp, should have signed him or transfer him when he got the bid. Now Borussia is empty-handed.

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