After losing creative startlet Mario Gotze to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich for a reported £30 million, Borussia Dortmund were hoping to keep powerful striker Robert Lewandowski at the club and to tie him down to a new contract.
The Polish International has only one year left on his current deal and after impressive performances in the Bundesliga helping the club to win recent league titles, he has found his form in the Champions League this season including a hat-trick in the Semi-Finals against Real Madrid.
The 24-year old striker has been linked heavily with moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and recently Bayern Munich. With reports strong he would be moving to the Bundesliga club this summer, which has incensed the Borussia Dortmund fans with Bayern looking to monopolise the league, and another starlet leaving the Westfalenstadion for a rival.
After losing dramatically late on in the Champions League final last night to Bayern at Wembley, departing Munich manager Jupp Heynckes was quoted as stating: