Manchester United have been dragged into speculation surrounding Robert Lewandowski, after a mystery club made an “official” enquiry for the Bayern Munich superstar.
Sky Germany have reported that “several top clubs in Europe” have “expressed specific interest” in the 32-year-old Poland striker. Lewandowski is regarded as a genuinely world-class forward, even with his best years behind him. The former Borussia Dortmund man has been in Bavaria since 2014 and he has 233 goals in that time.
The Poland captain’s contract runs out in 2023 and this summer could spell an interesting time for Bayern.
Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to takeover from Hansi Flick and his first job may well be to persuade Lewandowski to stay put.
When asked about the club’s in for the forward, Sky reporter Marc Behrenbeck claimed he was still working on that.
He said, via Sport Witness: “We can’t name them exactly yet. We’re still doing research on that. But it is clear that the nine-man market is really hot in the summer.
“Some top clubs are looking for a new striker. Starting with Manchester United. At Spurs it is not clear what will happen to Kane. Chelsea are not exactly satisfied with Tammy Abraham. Real actually want Mbappe, but also want to get a new nine. And FC Barcelona also want a new nine to fetch.”
Lewandowski’s future at Bayern has always been rock solid. But the introduction of a new coach may well have fuelled talk of a transfer.
Sky Reporter Max Bielefeld has even reported that one unnamed club have made an “official request” to Bayern over the player’s availability.
United, who are namechecked first, are looking for a new No.9. Edinson Cavani looks likely to move on and return to South America this summer.
Cavani future key
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 34-year-old to stay, but Boca Juniors are keen on signing him.
That will leave United hunting for a replacement and Lewandowski’s arrival would be in fitting with a string of experienced strikers who have arrived at Old Trafford in the last few years.
With regards a fee. Bielefeld says it will not be “anything under €80m” and that may well be the stumbling block for potential suitors. His resale value, and he will turn 33 in August, is quickly diminishing. That factor coupled with his wages would mean a significant investment.
But with 43 goals this season and an impressive CV, Lewandowski would be a marquee signing for any of Europe’s big guns.