Lewandowski reveals Bayern move
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to miss out on the signing of Robert Lewandowski after the Borussia Dortmund striker confirmed he is set to sign a contract at Bayern Munich in January.
Lewandowski, 25, spoke to the press following Dortmund's 2-0 extra-time win over TSV 1860 Munich, after it was reported earlier in the day that he will ink a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena on January 2, 2014.
He told Sky: "Right now, I can't say anything. Normally, I can only reveal it officially in January. At this moment, it is still too early and we'll have to wait a bit. But I think, I can leave in January."
The Poland international, who has 55 caps to his name, is unlikely to leave Dortmund during the winter transfer window, but could instead announce his free transfer to Bayern in early January.
Reporters in the mixed zone at the Allianz Arena asked whether he will be able to confirm the Bayern switch in January. "Yes, because I can officially sign the new contract in January," he replied.
Lewandowski, whose contract at Dortmund expires next summer, has been the subject of a transfer saga between Dortmund and Bayern throughout this year. The Poland international hoped to make the switch to the Treble holders in the summer.
Dortmund rejected the transfer and instead, after a near fall-out, granted Lewandowski, who has scored 58 goals in 104 Bundesliga games since joining Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010, a hefty pay rise in August, despite his impending exit.
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