Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is set to reject advances from Manchester United and Chelsea in the summer to make a move to Real Madrid. The Polish striker has his heart set on a move to the Spanish giants and Pep Guardiola's departure from Bayern in the summer has opened up possibilities for the Pole to consider a move should there be any interest.
The Telegraph has reported that Lewandowski is waiting on a decision over Madrid's transfer ban, which comes to effect in the summer pending an appeal. Should the ban he postponed, Madrid will make Lewandowski their top target for the summer, but if not, the Pole is ready to stay at Bayern for another year to move across to Real over Premier League clubs.
The striker could command a £60m ($85m) fee, something United and Chelsea are capable of matching, but Real remains Lewandowski's dream move, with current manager Zinedine Zidane also a huge fan of the player. The Spanish club have been found guilty of breaking rules while signing U18s, which would lead to a ban in the court as suffered by Barcelona last season. However, Real have appealed and will ask for grace in the upcoming window in the court of Arbitration in Sport to better prepare for the year ahead.
They are likely to do a lot of business, should their case be considered in the summer, with Gareth Bale a top target for Manchester United, and Cristiano Ronaldo is being heavily scouted by Paris Saint-Germain. United and Chelsea are on the lookout for a top-draw striker but lack of options in the market have scuppered any move thus far.
The Red Devils will be desperate to finish in the top four this season to give themselves an outside chance of enticing Lewandowski to Old Trafford, while the Blues will have to play out of their skin if they have to overturn a 14-point deficit to keep themselves in the running for a European spot next season. United are currently in fifth spot, five points adrift of fourth placed Tottenham.