Born: August 21, 1988 (age 29)
Poland: 52 goals in 93 appearances
Polish ace Robert Lewandowski is another red hot star up for grabs in the transfer window this summer.
He has already made it clear to Bayern Munich he wants to leave the club, and both Chelsea and Real Madrid are keen to get the 29-year-old onboard.
The Bundesliga champions Bayern themselves are reluctant to sell their top scorer, who has three years left on his contract, and have repeatedly maintained their striker isn’t going anywhere.
However, recently pictures have emerged of Lewandowski meeting agent Pini Zahavi at the swanky Izakaya Asian Kitchen in Munich. It was enough to fan the exiting rumour that Lewadowski is looking for options since splitting with his adviser of 10 years Cezary Kucharski and hiring Zahavi as his representative in February this year.
Lewandowski finished as European qualifying’s top scorer and he will be leading Poland’s charge in Russia. He is Poland’s most prolific player of all time, overtaking Wlodzimierz Lubanski with 52 goals in 93 matches. For Bayern too he was magnificent, with 39 goals in all competitions. A successful performance with the national team will be what Lewandowski will be looking for and his leadership quality will also come to the fore.
Poland is however not just a one man army and under coach Adam Nawalka the side reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and was only shown door on penalties. This, despite Lewandowski having a relatively quiet tournament at Euro 2016, scoring just once.
If Lewandowski will be leading Poland’s charge upfront, centre-back Kamil Glik, defender Lukasz Piszczek and mid-fielder Grzegorz Krychowiak are extremely reliable and can work like a well-lubricated machine teaming up with rising young stars such as Piotr Zielinski and Karol Linetty. Most Polish fans have already likened this blend of youth and experienced players with Poland’s glory day teams of the 1970s and 1980s.