Robert Lewandowski will head over to the Bavarian giants. The Polish number 9 endured a quiet start to the season – possibly due to a high-pressure summer with Euro 2012 – but has once again proved his worth with some impressive performances in Europe.
Of course, playing for Dortmund is still an attractive prospect. Their stadium – the Westfalenstadion – is among the continent’s elite, with a brilliant atmosphere conducive of their loyal fan base. And as Dortmund head into their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid tonight, European football is guaranteed for the foreseeable future.
Bayern are unlikely to spend much more money; €37m (£32m) represents a large chunk of their budget on Götze, and considering last night’s exploits, there aren’t many areas left to improve. Apart from central defence, where Van Buyten is showing his age.
With that, and Lewandowski’s desire to leave Dortmund in mind, Tottenham should be moving quickly to tie up the potent forward’s signature. And here’s why.
Adebayor’s performance against Manchester City was indicative of his time in North London since his permanent move. Andres Villas-Boas demands dynamism from his team; it’s not quite the total football displayed so delectably by Barcelona, but his lone striker needs to link up play with Dembele, Sigurdsson, Lennon and, most importantly, Bale. Lewandowski is undoubtedly an upgrade on the increasingly languid Togolese forward.
Furthermore, despite Defoe’s brilliant goal on Sunday, the perennial finisher can’t be expected to do that every weekend. He might be enjoying his best season in a Lillywhites shirt, but if Spurs were to reach their top four goal this season, three strikers would certainly be needed for the next.
Europe’s striking options are thinning. Falcao has priced himself out of a move to all but the richest clubs, as has Cavani, while Fernando Llorente has secured a Bosman transfer to Juventus. Levy could look to Brazil for Leandro Damião, but recent stutters in that move might make a follow up difficult.
Lewandowski can either leave this summer for £18m – which in today’s climate isn’t hard to justify for a top striker – or go for free next summer, making his wage demands higher. Daniel Levy, who is so often a savvy mover in the transfer market, should take the opportunity to secure one of Europe’s hottest properties now – before it’s too late.