Manchester United Transfer News: Potential Striker Swap with Borussia Dortmund
After failing to clinch a single title all season, Manchester United were always going to be busy in the summer transfer window across all positions on the pitch—needing defensive stability, midfield creativity and a striker to partner Wayne Rooney up front.
The latest transfer news, according to Mirror Online and CaughtOffside.com, is that the Red Devils are engaged in a potential striker swap with German champions Borussia Dortmund for Robert Lewandowski.
The swap would see veteran striker Dimitar Berbatov leave United—a deal that might interest the German side considering Berbatov's ability and history in the Bundesliga.
Berbatov only started five times in the Premier League this season, yet still managed to record seven goals in that time—showing that despite his recent fall in the pecking order at Old Trafford, the Bulgarian international still has what it takes to be competitive at the top level.
Commenting on his recent decline from the starting side, Berbatov said:
My time at Manchester United is running out. I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team. I am a little frustrated by the way this happened, I do not think I deserved it. But I have dignity and it is clear that I’m leaving United. It’s obvious that I have to leave. I’m looking for a new place now. I know I can still play at the highest level...
With Michael Owen's recent departure and Javier Hernandez also failing to impress, United will have a greater sense of urgency this transfer window to fill their second striker position, and Robert Lewandowski would fit the bill relatively well.
Lewandowski is set to go on show at Euro 2012 shortly, which, if he stars, could well see his transfer wage and cost spiral out of reach for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson is therefore keen to wrap up the deal with the Polish striker prior to the commencement of the tournament.
Lewandowski scored a hat trick in Dortmund's German Cup victory over Bayern Munich and finished the year with 30 goals and 10 assists to his name from 43 appearances.
Aged just 23, Lewandowski would provide both the skill and creativity United are looking for in the man to partner Wayne Rooney and may well push the Berbatov deal forcefully over the next few days.
But with Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp emphatically stating that Lewandowski is going nowhere this transfer window and Dortmund "will not sell him, not at any price", United's chase for the German striker might all be in vain.
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