Borussia Dortmund have gone on the offensive regarding the possible sale of Lewandowski to Bayern Munich. Their president, Hans-Joachin Watzke, spoke to Bild. He said, per the Telegraph's Luke Edwards, "Lewandowski will definitely not go to Bayern in 2013. This is final.”
That statement echos what Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said to Kicker, per the Associated Press' Ciaran Fahey:
Edwards went on to write that United, Chelsea and Manchester City could possibly be on alert with Bayern counted out of the race to sign Lewandowski. There would various other European clubs lining up to sign him as well.
German football expert Raphael Honigstein pointed out that Dortmund want to try to keep the striker from moving to an opposing Bundesliga club, but the chances are unlikely for that to happen:
Dortmund encouraging foreign bids, obviously. but chance of Lewandowski going anywhere else is zero, imo.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 9, 2013
The opportunity for the Red Devils to buy Lewandowski seems slim. If in the off chance that door opens up, it's a move United need to think long and hard about.
The £25-30 million the club would spend on the 24-year-old striker is money United could spend to improve the midfield and defense. Both are areas of more pressing concern than the strike force.
Should Manchester United buy Robert Lewandowski if given the chance?
Manchester United is loaded with strikers right now. Even in the event they lose Wayne Rooney, they have more than enough left over to maintain a lethal attack. Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez can keep the club reigning over England while fueling a push for the Champions League.
If Rooney stays, there's no way David Moyes would be able to keep the trio of he, van Persie and Lewandowski happy. One or more of those players would likely be upset with how he was being used, giving the manager more headaches than he needs.
Does Lewandowski really bring that much more than the Red Devils already have?
Van Persie is the best striker in the Premier League. His performance last year had to have exceeded even Sir Alex Ferguson's expectations.
Hernandez is a fantastic poacher and will flourish when given more time in the first team. He's certainly deserved more playing time with the way he impacts matches as a sub.
While Welbeck doesn't have gaudy goalscoring tallies, he's still a very young player. And his form really improved this year as well. Welbeck's career is only on the rise.
Moyes also has Will Keane waiting in the wings. The 20-year-old has been hurt, but he was fantastic for United's Under-21 side in 2011/12. He scored 15 goals in 21 appearances.
Keane wouldn't have any shot of getting playing time with the first team when having to compete with van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez, Lewandowski and possibly Rooney. It would be foolish to essentially cast him aside without seeing what he could do if given multiple first-team appearances.
When you have a shot at signing a player like Robert Lewandowski, you'd be foolish to dismiss it completely. He would obviously be an upgrade at United. What would the costs be, though, aside from the transfer fee?
Purchasing Lewandowski is a luxury Manchester United don't need.