Lewandowski up for a bargain

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Robert LewandowskiPA PhotosBorussia Dortmund could risk losing out on Robert Lewandowski if he doesn't leave in January.

As far as bargains go, 7 million pounds for Robert Lewandowski takes the cake. Well, at least in the footballing world. The Daily Star reports Borussia Dortmund are willing to part ways with the Polish striker in January and they could let Lewandowski go for a cut price to avoid him leaving on a free transfer next summer. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have all expressed interest in Lewandowski over the last year and will begin making arrangements to bid for the 25-year-old. The Gunners are perhaps the side who would be most keen to snap up Lewandowski, particularly for such a low price, despite Olivier Giroud's sizzling start to the Premier League season.

Still in the Daily Star and a three-way battle is emerging for the services of Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou. The 25-year-old has already scored 14 goals this season and is expected to fetch 7 million pounds. Dortmund see Mitroglou as an apt replacement for Lewandowski, with the Greece international's Champions League experience also a bonus to potential suitors.

In news that is sure to garner outrage, probably unnecessarily, football agent Francois Gallardo has revealed Bayern Munich were prepared to make a move for Lionel Messi over the summer. The often controversial agent told Punto Pelota that the German champions were ready to team up with their sponsors, Adidas, to meet the 250 million euros clause in the striker's Barcelona contract. And he believes Pep Guardiola's side could try again next season. He said: "The sports brand put in 125 million euros, half of his clause. The other half was to be put in by the club and three were ready. One of them was Bayern and they'll probably try again next June. The sports brand had three teams willing to go with them for Messi. Possibly the three clubs will try again next year and I, for 250 million, would sell."

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