Bayern Munich should seriously consider signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United if Robert Lewandowski leaves, according to Lothar Matthaus.
Both Ronaldo and Lewandowski are not only two of Europe’s most prominent goalscorers, but they find themselves in similar positions this summer. Indeed, both are entering the final year of their deals and want out.
Lewandowski, who has scored 312 goals in 384 Bundesliga outings for Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, has had strong links with a move to Barcelona.
Ronaldo’s potential Man Utd exit path has been less clear so far. Nevertheless, Chelsea, Napoli and Roma have all emerged as possible next destinations for the 37-year-old, who has scored over 800 career goals.
According to Germany legend Matthaus, Ronaldo would be a perfect replacement for Lewandowski at Bayern.
“For me, a good solution in the Lewandowski case would be: either Robert stays, as communicated by the club, or they sell him at the highest price and get a really good replacement. Could this actually be Cristiano Ronaldo?” the 61-year-old told Sky Germany.
“Of course, that would not be a transfer with a view to the future. He’s 37 and would always make headlines.
“I’m also not sure if he fits into Bayern Munich’s system. But he’s still an outstanding goalscorer. He’s one of the best strikers of all time and would certainly score around 30 goals. Refinancing through jersey sales and the like would be guaranteed.
“Ronaldo to Bayern would be sexy! At least you should think through the options and play through them once.
“If you at Bayern are of the opinion that Cristiano Ronaldo is still physically able to really help for a year or two and that you can invest the transfer fee generated for Lewandowski more or less one-to-one in the Portuguese megastar, I would think about it.”
Gary Neville offers Man Utd, Ronaldo advice
Former United full-back Neville watched Ronaldo regularly last season in his Sky Sports commentary and punditry role, as the Portuguese top-scored for the Red Devils with 24 goals in all competitions.
Taking to Twitter, Neville offered his take on the situation, admitting he is not against United letting Ronaldo go.
“The only important factor with the Ronaldo situation is that it’s dealt with decisively and quickly,” he said.
“This can’t be a saga that takes the focus away from ETH [Erik ten Hag] bedding in period for the next two months.”
Goalscorers need transfer futures resolving
What is clear about both players’ situations is that Ronaldo and Lewandowski need to resolve their futures as they approach the twilight of their careers.
Ronaldo turns 38 in February, while Poland star Lewandowski is 34 in August.
It will therefore not be long before both players hang up their boots. And they need to fully enjoy the final part of their careers.
Right now, neither goalscorer is in their best mindset. Lewandowski has been much more public with his desire to leave Bayern.
He said in May that his time at the club is “over”. Lewandowski added that he does not believe Bayern will keep him if he does not want to be there. Indeed, there is the risk of the Bundesliga giants losing him for free next summer.
Ronaldo has yet to speak out on his future but the fact that Man Utd are not in next season’s Champions League is no doubt a key factor in his current thinking.