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Robert Lewandowski agent confirms striker is set for Bayern Munich move

Asked on Poland television whether Lewandowski is moving to Munich, agent Cezary Kucharski simply replied: "Yes."

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski reacts after his team lost the Uefa Champions League final to Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium. Patrik Stollarz / AFP
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski reacts after his team lost the Uefa Champions League final to Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

WARSAW, Poland // The agent for Robert Lewandowski said yesterday the Borussia Dortmund striker will transfer to rival Bayern Munich in a matter of weeks.

Asked on Poland television whether Lewandowski is moving to Munich, agent Cezary Kucharski simply replied: "Yes."

He said that talks between the clubs are under way, but that nothing had been signed. The 24-year-old Lewandowski remained tight-lipped about his plans after Dortmund's loss to Bayern in the Uefa Champions League final on Saturday, but outgoing Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes hinted after the game that the Polish striker is joining the Bundesliga champions.

Kucharski said Lewandowski is "curious to get to know a new club and new life."

Lewandowski was the second-best scorer in the German league this season with 24 goals in 31 games. He scored all four goals in a 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

He has another season left to run on his contract with Dortmund.

Dortmund's chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, reacted angrily to Heynckes's apparent indiscretion after the final at Wembley Stadium and said Dortmund had not received a formal transfer offer from Bayern. Watzke had initially set a deadline of May 15 for offers for Lewandowski.

Dortmund now have a dilemma: either let Lewandowski go now for a fat transfer fee or see him leave for free once his contract is over.

If Lewandowski were to leave, Dortmund would prefer to see him go to a foreign club rather than join a domestic rival which has already lured one of its other star names, the highly talented midfielder Mario Goetze.

Goetze, however, had an exit clause in his contract that Lewandowski does not have.

* Associated Press

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