Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has finally confirmed he will sign a pre-transfer agreement to join arch rivals Bayern Munich in the January window and move to Bavaria when his contract expires at the end of the season.
After repeated speculation over the summer months that the 25-year-old Poland forward would move to Pep Guardiola’s camp, Lewandowski has let his contract run down and will be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement mid-season to commit to Allianz Arena for 2014.
For the first time since staunch denials about the move, and refusals by Dortmund's manager Jurgen Klopp to hand their most valued player to their Bundesliga nemesis, Lewandowski has said he will take his chance to join Munich on a free transfer
In response to a direct question about whether he'll commit to Signal Iduna Park in January, Lewandowski told Sport1: ‘Yes, because then I can officially sign the contract.’
The stage is set for Lewandowski to slot straight into the Champions League winners' line-up after former Barcelona mentor Guardiola released German national team forward Mario Gomez to Fiorentina, paving the way for another imposing frontman
Bayern made a bid for the striker over the summer but Dortmund were steadfast in their refusal to sell Lewandowski, who was also linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, to their fierce rivals.
Lewandowski was unhappy with that decision and made clear he would let the final year of his contract with Dortmund run out before joining Bayern.
He has scored four goals this season to help Dortmund to the top of Bundesliga after six games, level on 16 points with Bayern.