Munich (dpa) – Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will as expected move to rivals Bayern Munich in the summer after signing a five-year deal, the Bundesliga champions confirmed Saturday.
Lewandowski’s contract with Dortmund runs out at the end of season and the 25-year-old was free to sign a pre-contract deal since January 1.
The transfer-free deal, which runs from July 1, 2014, was agreed after Lewandowski successfully underwent medical checks earlier Saturday with club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich.
“We are very happy that we have succeeded with this transfer,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“Robert Lewandowski is one of the world’s best strikers. He will strengthen the Bayern squad and push us on even more. We are delighted that a five-year contract until 2019 was signed by both sides.”
Lewandowski signed for Dortmund from Lech Poznan for 4.5 million euros in 2010 and appeared set to move to Bayern last summer. However, the deal collapsed when Dortmund reportedly demanded a transfer fee in the region of 25 million euros even though he only had one year remaining on his contract.
The striker is joint Bundesliga top scorer this season alongside Hertha Berlin’s Adrian Ramos with 11 goals and has netted a total of 65 Bundesliga goals in 115 appearances.
Dortmund club manager Robert Zorc reacted in a relaxed manner to the news, saying that he was not worried about Lewandowski’s performances dipping over the next six months.
“On the contrary, Robert will definitely say goodbye to Dortmund with some top performances,” said Zorc.