thumbnail Hello,

Matthaus claims Lewandowski to Bayern deal close

The Bavarian legend fueled speculation that the Polish striker could be destined for a switch to the Allianz Arena in the summer during a live television transmission on Saturday

Lothar Matthaus has suggested that Bayern Munich is closing in on the signing of forward Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

Recent reports in the German media claimed the 24-year-old, whose contract expires next year, was set to become Pep Guardiola's first recruit upon taking charge at the Allianz Arena in June, while Manchester United has also been credited with an interest in acquiring the striker's signature.

And despite BVB's continual denial that it has agreed a deal to sell Lewandowski to arch-rival Bayern in the summer, the legendary Roten midfielder appeared to add fuel to the speculation.

"I was on the road this week. I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided," Matthaus told Sky Bundesliga. "Lewandowski's contract runs out in 2014 and Dortmund will only get a fee in 2013 - surely a high fee. I heard it was something between 25 and 30 million euros, otherwise he will go to Bayern for free next year."

Matthaus then explained how the Poland international would serve as a better option in Guardiola's attack than central striker Mario Gomez.

"I think he is a player that fits more into the system of Guardiola than Gomez," he added. "He showed Guardiola last week in Leverkusen how a forward is not only an attacker but also drops deeper."

Follow GOAL.COM USA on