Last Updated: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:48
Manchester United's hopes of signing Robert Lewandowski have been boosted as Borussia Dortmund will not sell to Bayern Munich.
United had been heavily linked with the Polish forward but reports had suggested Lewandowski was set to join Munich this summer.
However, Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke insists his side will not sell their star forward to their fierce rivals, having already lost Mario Gotze to Bayern.
Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga to Bayern last season and also suffered defeat in the Champions League final at the hands of the German giants.
Lewandowski has just one year left on his current deal and seems unlikely to agree new terms, and Watzke has indicated the forward could be sold to another club but also hinted the striker may see out his deal at Dortmund.
"Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013," Watzke told Bild newspaper. "This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer."
He added: "There were two phone calls in the past four weeks with Bayern. We told Bayern that due to stock exchange rules (as Dortmund are a listed company), we need a written offer for Lewandowski. But until today, no offer has come in.
"If Robert wants to go to Munich he will have another chance next year."
United have been linked with the 24-year-old for some time but if Lewandowski does move on in the summer the Old Trafford side will face plenty of competition for his signature, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all thought to be keen on the forward.
Watzke believes Lewandowski may stay with Dortmund, but indicated a sale could be possible if the player agrees to a transfer despite the fact Bayern are thought to be the Poland international's preferred destination.
"I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013," said Watzke. "Everything else will be discussed with Robert and his advisors in the coming days. Our wish is for Robert to play for Borussia Dortmund next season."
It has previously been suggested that Dortmund will consider offers of around £18million for Lewandowski, which is unlikely to stop United making a bid despite the fact he has entered the final year of his deal.
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