Robert Lewandowski has been one of the most dangerous strikers in the world over the last few years, and every top club would love to recruit him.
But Real Madrid have a lead on their competitors, as the Independent are reporting that Lewandowski will ignore interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea to sign for the Spanish club in the summer of 2017.
The article goes on to claim that the Pole wants ‘a new challenge’ after winning every German domestic honour, and thinks Pep Guardiola’s departure is the perfect excuse to make an exit.
There are plenty of problems with this story. Of course Lewandowski might be interested in moving to Real Madrid, it’s a huge club and a dream for many footballers.
But Bayern Munich are not replacing Guardiola with just anyone. They’ve appointed Carlo Ancelotti, an experienced coach who specialises in winning Champions Leagues. Real, on the other hand, have a new manager just finding his feet in Zinedine Zidane, and a club president whose response to any minor disappointment is to start sacking people.
The transfer ban will also be an issue. Real intend to appeal, and the likelihood is that they will be allowed this summer’s window to do business, and then be prohibited from signings next January and next summer. In that case, Lewandowski would not be able to join until 2018, when he’ll be nearing 30.