Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will snub Arsenal in favour of a move to Real Madrid.
The Mirror had reported that Arsenal could move for the forward, but they would be wasting their time as he is not interested in anyone except Los Blancos.
That’s according to respected journalist Guillem Balague, writing in AS.
Arsene Wenger had been hoping to bring in the Poland forward, who wants to leave for a new challenge after six years in the Bundesliga.
It seems the feeling was not reciprocated, though, as Lewandowski has his heart set on a move to Spain, not England.
His agent has also revealed he has held talks with Real officials.
It’s unclear what kind of a role he would play at the Bernabeu, and he won’t necessarily be enjoying the kind of stardom he has done at the Allianz.
As James Rodriguez has found all too well at Madrid, it can be difficult to displace stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from the limelight.
Regardless, he could still be his country’s man of the moment this summer.
Lewandowski has the Euros to concentrate on, as Poland will be almost entirely reliant on his services.
Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is used to having things all his own way in the transfer window, but that is just in Germany when he doesn’t have other European giants to contend with.
He has previously made it clear he has no intention of selling one of his prize assets, but Lewandowski needs to make it clear he doesn’t have much of a choice.
He has already started doing that by demanding a salary of £20million a year, a further factor that should rule him out of Arsenal’s thinking.
Wenger is willing to splash out on a striker because the Gunners’ need is so great, but those kind of wages would make a mockery of the ethos he has tried so hard to instil at the Emirates.