Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dortmund to listen to offers for Lewandowski; Badu wants EPL move


Two-time defending German champions Borussia Dortmund have alerted suitors of No. 9 Robert Lewandowski by providing the slightest of hints that the club are preparing to listen to offers for the Poland international, Sky Sports understands.

Lewandowski, 24, has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs, including English Premier League giants Manchester United, who already have the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in their first-team.

According to reports, Dortmund — who are in third place in the Bundesliga table and very much alive in the UEFA Champions League after progressing through the ‘Group of Death’ — might not want to risk losing the Poland international in a cut-price deal at the end of the season, with the 24-year-old current contract set to expire in 18 months.

Thus, Dortmund might look at selling him sooner rather than later, in a decision that would be strictly business.

“As often as I am talking to Robert, I do not have the impression he wants to leave us,” revealed club executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

“We will have to make decisions in this case at the end of the season. We may decide on economical factors.

“Would it be best to cash in a big fee? Or would it be even better to keep Lewandowski to ensure we are more likely to qualify for the Champions League with him in our side, as this would guarantee us big income?

“It’s a decision we will have to take. It’s our decision. It’s not something to be decided by others.”

Lewandowski has scored nine goals in 15 Bundesliga matches this season, whilst adding four goals in six appearances, five starts, in the Champions League.

Badu wants EPL move

Udinese Calcio midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 22, has revealed that he wants to play in the ‘biggest league in the world’, the English Premier League, amid reports that newly promoted Reading, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers are reportedly interested in the Ghana international, Sky Sports reports.

Agyemang-Badu has been without compatriot Kwadwo Asamoah at the Stadio Friuli this season following the 24-year-old’s summer move to Juventus, but Badu, like his ‘brother’ Asamoah, could be set to leave the Zebrette when the transfer window reopens in January.

“It is all players’ dream to play in the biggest league in the world,” Badu told Sky Sports.

“I miss the banter with Asamoah, he has been a brother to me. I wished him good luck, he deserved to go to a big club like Juventus, he is a big talent.

“I am doing my best here, Udinese is a very good team. I am flattered by clubs showing interest in me. My performances have been good, but I need to improve.”

Badu has already featured in 10 Serie A fixtures for Udinese this term, including seven starts, after making 10 appearances for the club during all of last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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