One of the most sought after strikers in football, and someone who would fir perfectly into the Arsenal way of playing under Arsene Wenger is the Polish international Robert Lewandowski. His contract with the German club Borrussia Dortmund has about 18 months left to run, but the Bundesliga side are determined to hold on to their star, at least until the summer.
If Wenger and the Arsenal board were planning to make a move for the 24-year old at the end of this season, they are likely to be disappointed, if the German newspaper Bild is correct. They have reported that Manchester United have already agreed terms with Lewandowski and Dortmund over his summer transfer to Old Trafford.
United will pay around £18 million, apparently, and double his current wages to around £4 million a year. That would still meant that he would earn less than half the wages paid to either Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney. Maybe Arsenal could still persuade him to come to the Emirates. With our new wealth we should be able to match those figures.
Lewandowski may prefer to be the biggest fish in the pond rather than being paid much less than his strike partners. He is on less than his team mates Mario Gotze and Marco Reus at Dortmund and that is one of the reasons he has decided to leave, so there is a chance that Wenger could persuade him that Arsenal is his best option. We would have to finish the season strongly and at least qualify for the Champions league again if we are to attract some top players, but Wenger seems to have a knack for that.