Bayern Munich 'do not have any contract with Robert Lewandowski'

The Borussia Dortmund striker has been strongly linked with a move to the new German champions

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Bayern Munich have denied claims they have a deal in place to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.

Following the striker's four goals for Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League mauling of Real Madrid, speculation over the Poland international's future went into overdrive.

Yet before he could be linked with the usual suspects - Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City - it was widely circulated that he had already agreed a deal with Bayern Munich.

However, today Bayern released a statement denying any deal is in place.

"FC Bayern, contrary to these reports, do not have any contract with Robert Lewandowski," it read.

Dortmund have also denied agreeing to any deals and say that they are in talks with the 24-year-old to extend his contract which will expire at the end of next season.

"It would be negligent of us not to try to keep probably the best striker in Europe," general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told the Bild newspaper.

"It's true that we have discussed new conditions once again."

Yesterday's rumours were stoked when Lewandowski's agent was quoted by Bild as saying: "We have reached an agreement with a club and intend (him) to move this summer.

"There is a very interesting offer for Robert which fulfils entirely the demands set by Dortmund and also the demands of Robert.

"Dortmund have assured us that Robert can move at the end of the season under these conditions."

Earlier this week Bayern agreed to activate the 37 million euros release clause of Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze.

Losing two of their best players to their closest domestic rivals would be a major setback for Dortmund, who are also likely to meet Bayern in the Champions League final after the Bavarians' 4-0 hammering of Barcelona on Tuesday night.

"We are getting 37 million for Gotze which we don't even want," said coach Jurgen Klopp, echoing the words of Watzke, who said he could "do without" a transfer fee for Lewandowski, as long as he stays for another year.

Watzke added on Sky television: "Our wish is explicit that he stays here."

Lewandowski has scored 34 goals in 42 games and has netted in each of his last 12 Bundesliga appearances.