Long-standing Manchester United transfer target Robert Lewandowski is continuing to be linked with a move from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford this summer.
The Daily Mail's Andy James reports that the Polish international is considering leaving the German champions over the summer transfer window, following comments made by his manager (somewhat cryptically) to suggest that his future may or may not lie with Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. Now it seems Lewandowski, who has a contract with the reigning German champions until summer of 2014, has finally decided on his future.
"Robert has made his decision," the forward’s representative, Cezary Kucharski, said. "Only he decides when he will make his decision public."
"Those who have followed Robert’s career will realise that he’s never stayed at a club for longer than two seasons. He’s already in his third season at Dortmund. Read between the lines and you’ll know what this means..."
Yet, as nice as it would be to have the £25 million-rated striker in the same attacking lineup as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney next season, the reality is that the move isn't likely to transpire.
According to The Telegraph, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly snapped at reporters who continued to ask whether the rumor was true—telling them that Lewandowski won't be leaving Dortmund any time soon.
"I can understand that people make a big deal out of it but for us it is a normal situation. We will not get stressed out by this. Robbi [Lewandowski] is with us.
"If someone wants him they can say so and then we can think about it. If there is no one there then he will continue playing for us. It's as simple as that..."
As for United, the denial and lack of transfer activity is a good thing.
Frankly, to spend £25 million on Lewandowski just doesn't make any sense now that they have van Persie and he's proven to be a success.
The link to the Dortmund striker originated during last summer's transfer window when United were seemingly a striker short for the year ahead, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez weren't completely at their best and Rooney was struggling to carry the attacking load by himself.
But now, 15 points clear in the title race and on track for another league title (and perhaps a certain t-word that rhymes with pebble), United do not need the Polish striker. As good as Lewandowski is, United would be much better off investing the £25 million into their defense to replace the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the future.
Van Persie and Rooney have formed one the most dominant striker cores in the Premier League, and the recent hat-trick by Shinji Kagawa shows that he can be a key factor in attack also. Welbeck's pace continues to make him a great option out wide whilst Hernandez's goal-poaching ability is more than useful off the bench—giving United more than enough options in attack.
With players like Angelo Henriquez still on loan, they certainly have enough options for the future as well—without signing a £25 million-rated striker.
So, for United, the fact that Dortmund aren't interested in selling Lewandowski is a good thing, for they wouldn't be well served by making a deal for him anyway.
It just doesn't make any sense given all that's happened this year—not in the slightest.
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