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Bayern Munich Boss Jupp Heynckes Hints at Imminent Deal to Sign Borussia Dortmund Striker Robert Lewandowski

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Outgoing Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has hinted at an imminent move to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski according to Bild.

Lewandowski’s Dortmund contract expires in June 2014, but after his advisor Maik Barthel has insisted Lewandowski will leave in June, Heynckes said he expects the Poland star to join Bayern.

With Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, who missed Saturday’s 2-1 final defeat to Munich at Wembley with injury, confirmed as a Bayern player for next season, the Bavarian giants will rip the heart out of Borussia’s attack if they sign Lewandowski too.

A release clause in Goetze’s contract allows him to leave for 37 million euros (US$48.2m, £32m), but Lewandowski’s deal has no such condition and Bayern will have to pay over the odds for him.

“As far as I know, Mario Goetze will be joining Bayern Munich and I don’t think Lewandowski will be hanging about too much either,” said Heynckes, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season.

“Then, of course, you’ve got two top attackers as well.

“My successor will, of course, be able to take over a perfectly functioning team.”

Lewandowski’s four goals in the 4-1 semi-final, first-leg win at home to Real Madrid underlined both his lethal finishing and his status as a target for Europe’s top clubs.

He had his chances in Saturday’s Wembley final before Dutch winger Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute match-winner gave Bayern their fifth European title after losing both the 2010 and 2012 European finals.

With 14 minutes gone, Lewandowski forced Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to tip the ball over the bar with a shot from 25-yards, then on 34 minutes he slipped his marker, but got his shot away too late.

Interestingly, it was defensive midfielder Ilkay Gundogan who fired home the 68th-miute penalty, rather than regular spot-kick taker Lewandowski, which put Dortmund level before Robben struck.

But Lewandowski’s future at Borussia looks bleak after Barthel told Sport Bild last month there is “an agreement with a club” with the Poland star also linked to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Lewandowski’s manager Cezary Kucharski has told Polish television that the forward will soon “play at a bigger club”, but Bayern have denied there is any deal in place, despite numerous reports to the contrary.

Curiously, both Kucharski and Barthel are reported to have been invited to Bayern’s post-final celebration party in London.


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