Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a potential move to Manchester United over the summer transfer window—the latest coming after he indicated he would love to play in the English Premier League.
The 23-year-old was a critical factor behind Dortmund's German league and cup double last season, but he has put several clubs on alert with his inclination towards the English league, according to comments Lewandowski made to Polish TVP (h/t Daily Mail).
"This [the English Premier League] is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens sometime.
"Although I am happy at Dortmund, I always like to aspire to great heights..."
The Daily Mail then goes on to comment that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could be tempted to bring the Polish striker to Old Trafford to reunite him with former teammate Shjinji Kagawa, given the strong relationship the two have on the pitch.
However, as good as Lewandowski is, he won't be coming to United.
He might dream of playing in the Premier League, and the Polish national coach might think he's a lock for the Red Devils, but there is no way that the 23-year-old will end up at Old Trafford.
And if there is a way, it shouldn't take place.
I'm not suggesting that the striker isn't good enough for the Red Devils; anyone who watched the Polish international last season would know the impact he could have at United.
What I am saying is that Manchester United won't pursue Lewandowski, and if they do, it's a move that both the club and player will end up regretting.
Playing the devils advocate for a moment, should Sir Alex Ferguson sign Lewandowski over the summer transfer window, he would join a plethora of attacking options at Old Trafford, including the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Federico Macheda.
Lewandowski would not be top in the pecking order—that would be Rooney—and given the way Welbeck handled himself late in the season for United and at the European Championships for England, Lewandowski may not even assume the second striker's position.
With the addition of Shinji Kagawa and the possible acquisition of other transfer targets this summer, United could well abandon the 4-4-2 formation we've seen for so long and move towards a 4-4-1-1 formation to better cater for the Japanese midfielder.
Should that formation take place, there's unlikely to be room for a second striker in the formation—be it Lewandowski, Welbeck or Hernandez.
Thus in terms of the squad, signing Lewandowksi would be a poor move by Manchester United. They would be increasing their depth and attacking options but would have spent big money essentially just to add another substitute to the squad.
Which, given the talent and skillset of the striker, would be somewhat of a waste for United and a poor career move by Lewandowski.
In addition to the fact he wouldn't "fit" as well at the Red Devils is the fact that Borussia Dortmund are adamant they will not sell their star striker over the summer—not to any club, regardless of the interest that they show.
According to German media outlet Der Westen, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke declared that Lewandowski would not be leaving the club this summer, stating that:
This discussion [about Lewandowski to Manchester United] makes me sick. Polish media, in which everything has been rumored, I honestly...Whether offers arrive for him or not, it's totally irrelevant.
If I explicitly say for weeks that Robert will definitely compete for the championship and return from his summer vacation for training with us, that is so..."
As mentioned before, United have already picked up Lewandowski's teammate from last season in Shinji Kagawa, meaning that the German club are unlikely to part with the striker.
No club will part with their two best players over the one transfer window after they just won the German Bundesliga and German Cup. They certainly won't send both of them to the same club—meaning that United's quest for Lewandowski is likely to fall short.
The 23-year-old is developing into one of the top strikers in world football and is likely to have another strong year for the German champions.
Just don't expect United to pick him up over the transfer window.
I'm happy to be proven wrong and would love to see Lewandowski at Old Trafford, but given United's current depth in attack and Dortmund's firm stance on any possible move, I just can't see this one taking place.
Not yet, anyway.
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