Man Utd will go ‘all out’ to beat Chelsea to the signing of Robert Lewandowski if the plug is pulled on his Barcelona dream, and three factors could aid their cause, claims a report.
The Polish marksman, 33, has been nothing short of sensational for more than a decade. Lewandowski was superb at Borussia Dortmund, though took his goalscoring exploits to new heights upon joining Bayern Munich.
Indeed, his current tally with the Bavarians stands at 344 goals in 374 matches. He also appears to be getting better with age having plundered 153 goals in just 133 matches over the past three seasons.
However, Lewandowski’s time in Germany could be coming to an end this summer and the striker appears determined to force his way out.
Indeed, Lewandowski stated in late May: “One thing is certain today – my story with Bayern is over.”
He later added: “I am leaving because I want more emotions in my life.
“They didn’t want to listen to me until the end. Something died inside me – and it’s impossible to get over that. Even if you want to be professional, you can’t make up for it.”
Lewandowski harbours ambitions of moving to Barcelona, though the Spanish side’s financial strife makes that difficult.
Given his age and contract status (one year remaining), the Sun state he may only cost a buying club £20m.
Bayern are reportedly determined to hold out for a fee rather than allow him to go for free. That is something that has irked Lewandowski who feels disrespected after years of faultless service.
Now, the Sun state that if a move to Barcelona collapses, Manchester United will go ‘all out’ to land Lewandowski.
There is said to be ‘growing talk’ a deal similar to the one that brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club could be sanctioned.
What’s more, the report notes three factors that could give Man Utd a leg up.
United have advantages, but Chelsea could be involved
Firstly, United are one of a select few clubs who are capable and willing to pay his reported £400,000-a-week salary.
Additionally, Lewandowski reportedly has ties to Manchester through having United fans among his family. The Sun state some of his family members previously spent time in the city while working.
Finally, United are known to be hunting a new centre-forward and their main target to date – Darwin Nunez – is poised to join Liverpool.
Chelsea are another contender to land Poland’s record scorer. The Blues will be in desperate need of a potent marksman if Romelu Lukaku returns to Inter Milan on loan.
Lewandowski swoop worth the risk?
Lewandowski is four years younger than Ronaldo. Though at 33, he would still only be a short-term fix.
Regardless, he is arguably in the prime of his career if his recent goals return is anything to go by. He would also bring a winning mentality having fired Bayern to the Bundesliga title in each of his eight years at the club.
However, the chances of Erik ten Hag fielding both Lewandowski and Ronaldo at the same time would appear slim unless chasing a game.
Neither can operate out wide at this stage in their career. Being deployed as a front two would leave United short in other departments.
That could ultimately result in Ten Hag having to leave one of the two superstar strikers on the bench most weeks.
Neither player would willingly accept a reduced role. As a result, Lewandowski’s arrival would only make sense if Ronaldo were first moved on in our eyes. At present, there is little talk of Ronaldo leaving Old Trafford this summer.