As the dust began to momentarily settle after Monday night’s triumph, the thoughts of many Reds have turned to the transfer window. Yes, there are another four games to win to finish the season in style, and the thought of Robin Van Persie receiving a guard honour on Sunday is a very tantalising one, but winning the title doesn’t masquerade the fact that United need to strengthen.
One of the players to have been linked with United for the last couple of months, might have added an extra £5m to his price tag on Wednesday night. Robert Lewandowski’s performance against Real Madrid will go down in Champions League folklore, and could spark a bidding war between some of Europe’s top clubs.
United have been tracking the progress of the 24-year-old Pole for sometime now – with club’s scouts reportedly attending the clash on Wednesday – as some tout him as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, should the England striker be allowed to leave.
However, after poaching Mario Gotze from Dortmund, Bayern Munich were thought to have already agreed a deal with the Polish striker, whose contract with Dortmund expires in 2014. According to today’s Telegraph, though, Lewandowski’s agreement with Bayern is simply a cunning strategy engineered by his agent to secure a better financial deal.
The broadsheet claims that: “Lewandowski’s agent has used his client’s virtuoso display in Dortmund’s magnificent 4-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid to try to flush out interested parties by claiming he has already reached an agreement with one club – thought to be Bayern – regarding personal terms.
“Although Dortmund have responded to the hype surrounding the 24-year-old by insisting they will keep him for the final year of his contract, even though they will lose him for nothing at the end of it, his agent, Maik Barthel, contradicted that by claiming he had persuaded them to let him leave at the end of the season.
“It is the perfect scenario for Barthel to exploit in terms of maximising Lewandowski’s earning potential, while Dortmund will be happy for a bidding war to take place if they are resigned to losing yet another of their star players.”
The Daily Star sings from the same hymn sheet, claiming that “Lewandowski is willing to snub Bayern Munich to land a dream move to Manchester United this summer,” and that Dortmund would rather sell him to another club than seeing him joining Mario Gotze at the Allianz Arena next season.
Transfer talk in April? Well, you know, the title race is done and dusted.
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