Lewandowski’s Bayern ‘Dream’ Dashed
Arsenal’s options of signing a World Class striker increased by one earlier today after Borussia Dortmund declared that their prized possession Robert Lewandowski – who had previously looked set for a summer switch to Bayern Munich – will not be sold to the Bavarians this year.
The Westphalian club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that while Bayern did show interest in their Polish hitman, it never transpired into an official inquiry, and so they have decided not to entertain offers from the Bavarians anymore.
“Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer,” Watzke was quoted as saying by Bild.
However, he clarified that they are receptive to offers from other clubs, and Lewandowski could still be sold to anyone not named Bayern Munich.
“I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013,” the Dortmund supremo added.
In case the Gunners opt to enter the Lewandowski-chase, they would have to fend off competition from Manchester United and Chelsea, both of whom are also confirmed admirers of the Polish hotshot.
Gunners to Bid £70 Million for Trio
Arsenal FC are planning to launch three separate bids totalling £70 million for Gonzalo Higuain, Ilkay Gundogan and Lars Bender in the upcoming days, The Dail Mail has claimed.
Apparently, the Gunners would first submit two club-record bids of £20 million each for Real Madrid’s Higuain and Borussia Dortmund’s Gundogan, and if their offer for the latter is rejected, they will turn to Bayer Leverkusen’s Bender, who is rated at around £17million by the German club.
No Arsenal Bid for Fellaini
Contrary to the reports that circulated in the media last week, Arsenal have not exercised the £22million release clause for Everton star Marouane Fellaini, says BBC’s David Ornstein.
It was earlier speculated in the press that the Gunners have officially contacted the Toffees with a view to taking their Belgian midfielder to the Emirates Stadium. However, Ornstein has rubbished that report by tweeting: “Fellaini camp, #efc & #afc all deny release clause met…”
Wanyama Open to Summer Switch
Celtic midfielder and rumoured Arsenal transfer target Victor Wanyama has admitted that he could leave the Glasgow giants this summer if a suitable offer arrives.
The 21-year-old midfield enforcer has been one of the standout stars of the Scottish Premier League for the past two years, and he produced a match-winning display against the mighty Barcelona last season that caught the attention of many clubs, including the Gunners.
In a recent interview with NTV, he discussed his club future, saying: “I still have contract with Celtic and I am their player, if anything comes up and it is good for me and the club, from there I will move on. But I am concentrating with the national side and I have left that with my agent and I have not contacted him.
“There are talks going on, but as I said I am on international duty and I will know what is going on when I go back to the club.”
Arshavin Has No Shortage of Offers
Soon-to-be former Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin has many offers on the table from multiple countries, according his agent Scott Fisher.
The 32-year-old Russian’s Arsenal deal is set to expire at the end of this month, after which he will become a free agent. While some were thinking that he would struggle to attract interest in the off-season due to his fitness and form struggles of the past few seasons, his agent claims his client has no shortage of options.
Sports.ru have quoted Fisher as saying: “Besiktas? No comment. No we have some possibilities; there are interested teams from different countries. Andrey is on holiday at the moment so we’ll discuss the current situation this weekend. Can he go back to Russia? There’s a chance for this. But we have to discuss all possibilities and we have to find out what is the best for Andrey.
“He’s still very ambitious. He’s a great footballer in a good age and ready to play. Money is not the most important criteria. He’s ready for new challenges and he’s ready to play. We have lots of possibilities but I can admit that it is European football that is really interesting. Champions League or Europa League – these are great competitions.”