Although a move from Borussia Dortmund is unlikely, Manchester United must not give up in its quest to attempt to acquire Robert Lewandowski. Doing so would not only be the biggest Manchester United transfer news of the summer, but it would also make the club nearly unbeatable.
Amid rumors that the Polish star might jump ship to rival Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund's president Hans-Joachim Watzke said, according to Luke Edwards of the Telegraph, that "Lewandowski will definitely not go to Bayern in 2013. This is final."
Watzke, however, was much more non-committal on the subject of Lewandowski's future with Dortmund, telling the Independent that "I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013."
German football expert Raphael Honigstein thinks that Lewandowski is not going anywhere:
That said, the Red Devils should not be dissuaded from attempting to acquire Lewandowski. He is one of the most exciting players in Europe, and teaming him up with Robin van Persie would make the team even more dominant than it is already.
Lewandowski possesses a unique and exciting blend of athleticism, technical skill, speed and size. Former Dortmund player Karl-Heinz Riedle told the Guardian that:
His superior technique and strength means you can play him up front all on his own. He shields the ball perfectly and then brings teammates into play. And then he is a real poacher as well. It is also noteworthy how he has dealt mentally with all the transfer rumours. He has just kept on playing and that attitude has all the hallmarks of a great player.
Imagining combining that skill with van Persie. The two, just as a pair, would be electrifying. Add in talented players like Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, and the Red Devils offense would instantly become one of the best in the world.
The Red Devils won an EPL title last year, and in convincing fashion. Despite that, this is a team in transition. Sir Alex Ferguson has retired, and incoming manager David Moyes has big shoes to fill. While this team is talented, adding someone of Lewandowski's caliber would make the transition a lot earlier.
While there are holes to fill on defense, and acquiring Lewandowski would take away funds that could be used to upgrade the back end, the possibility of an all-world offense is too tantalizing to simply dismiss. Players of Lewandowski's caliber do not come around very often. Acquiring him would stabilize the Red Devils' hold on the top of the EPL and make them a legitimate threat to knock Bayern Munich off the UEFA Champions League throne.
It may be difficult to pull off, but the Red Devils should not give up in trying to acquire Lewandowski. He's one of the best young players in the world, and his addition would make a great team even better.