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Wenger Confirms Lewandowski Interest & Hints At Mandzukic Move
The worst kept secret in football was confirmed over the weekend with Robert Lewandowski officially agreeing his free transfer summer move to Bayern Munich.
The Polish hitman is in the final six months of his current deal at Borussia Dortmund and has been linked with practically every top European side over the last 18 months since it emerged he wouldn’t be signing an extension.
Arsenal are one of the clubs that have been linked with Lewandowski and boss Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that he made an approach to sign the 26-year-old, but claims the player agreed to join Bayern some time ago.
The latest name to be linked with a move to the Emirates is Munich’s Mario Mandzukic – the man Lewandowski will likely replace at the Allianz Arena – and while Wenger has ruled out a January move for the striker he hinted that a deal could be done in the summer once Lewi is on board.
“We looked into it but honestly he [Lewandowski] signed 1½ years ago,” said Wenger. “Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and Bayern will not sell Mandzukic now. Maybe at the end of the season.” [source: Telegraph]
We continue to be linked with the likes Diego Costa but Wenger claims the ‘big names’ simply aren’t going to be available in January.
“All the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets,” explained Wenger. “Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult or if we find someone like [Serge] Gnabry at that age when no one knows them.” [source: Telegraph]
With Theo Walcott now set to join Nicklas Bendtner on the sidelines for a month, our need for a new striker is becoming desperate. The most realistic target is perhaps Alvaro Morata on loan but it will all be down to whether Real Madrid will let him leave.
Hopefully the boss can pull something out the bag soon as it would be a travesty if our best chance of lifting the title for almost a decade was derailed by injuries and a lack of depth up front.
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