The recent reports about Robert Lewandowski do not specifically mention him as an Arsenal transfer target, but we have been linked with the Polish international in the past, and if he is not a target for the Gunners, well he certainly should be.
The 24-year old striker has been in contract talks with his club, the German champions Borussia Dortmund, but those talks have hit a wall. The Dortmund hierarchy are now worried, because Lewandowski’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2014. His value is, therefore, dropping while the chances of him leaving for nothing are increasing.
Manchester United were heavily linked with the front man in the summer, but they ended up buying a certain Robin van Persie. With Chicharito and Welbeck in decent form, and Rooney forming a partnership with Santos’ best mate, United are not going to spend more money they haven’t got on another striker.
Lewandowski has got five goals in 10 league games for Dortmund this season, but his game is about much more than scoring goals. He has great speed, movement, vision and technical ability, just ask Real Madrid. He was the main tormentor as Dortmund beat Jose Mourinho’s superstars in Germany and were unlucky to only get a draw in Spain.
Lewandowski would be a fantastic addition, and his contract dispute with Dortmund suggests that he is ready to move on. Arsenal fans may think this is pie in the sky, but there are two things that suggest to me that this may well happen in January. Firstly, Wenger has not mentioned him and he has not been linked with Arsenal recently. Secondly, he could be going for a bargain price of around £15 million. The chief executive of Dortmund seems to be resigned to losing him.
“We will sit down and discuss what to do next if Robert does not extend his contract.”