Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Robert Lewandowski, Asmir Begovic, More Buzz

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United celebrates victory and winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are always one of the most discussed clubs when it comes to possible transfers. There will be countless players linked to the newly-crowned Premier League champions between now and the start of next season.

While it makes for an interesting summer on the horizon, the Red Devils still haven't given a clear indication of exactly how much wheeling and dealing they intend to do. After all, they just got finished coasting to the title, making any type of significant overhaul seem unnecessary.

That said, Sir Alex Ferguson is always seeking ways to improve the club. Depth will be key as United gets ready for what will be another busy campaign. Knowing that, let's check out some of the latest transfer talk involving United.


Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski figures to attention a boatload of attention after a tremendous season with Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old striker's second straight impressive campaign was highlighted by a four-goal outburst against Real Madrid to help lead the German side into the Champions League final.

Manchester United's chance to bring him to the Premier League might be slipping away. Graeme Bryce of The Sun reports Bayern Munich, Dortmund's Bundesliga rival and UCL championship match opponent, are pulling away in the race to sign him.

It wouldn't be a crushing blow to United, who of course already feature Robin van Persie atop the formation. Lewandowski is more of a luxury option who would make the attack more prepared for European play. United should continue the pursuit until a deal is official.


Asmir Begovic

Begovic didn't disappoint after finally being given a chance to become the undisputed No. 1 for Stoke. The goalkeeper has played a key role in helping the defensive-minded Potters secure a spot in the middle of the table. He's posted 12 clean sheets in 35 games.

Many clubs, including United, took note of his strong play. David Anderson of the Daily Mirror states Ferguson is considering a summer move while Arsenal and Chelsea are also in the mix. The level of that group shows how highly those around league view Begovic.

David de Gea has come on strong during the season, but added pressure could push him to take the next step toward superstardom. Furthermore, United are going to play a lot of matches next season, which means both keepers could get plenty of work if they did end up on the roster together.


Ilkay Gundogan

Should United miss out on the aforementioned Lewandowski, it might not mark the end of their Dortmund pursuits. Gundogan, a playmaking midfielder with plenty of potential, is another player that's worth watching over the summer.

Due to likely changes to the midfield, including the potential moves of Nani and Anderson, Gundogan is on the United radar, according to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express. He also states Manchester City's interest in the young German has faded.

Finding more creative players for the midfield should definitely be on United's to-do list. Gundogan didn't look out of his element in two matches against Real Madrid, meaning he should be prepared to step right into a key role if he moved to Old Trafford.