Robert Lewandowski and Cesc Fabregas Could Make Man Utd Unstoppable, At A Price
With the recent announcement that Rebort Lewandowski will not be Joining Bayern Munich as most of the footballing world had previously believed, the doors have been well and truly flung open for Manchester United to stroll in and snap up the Polish forward.
Having been linked heavily with a move to United in the summer of 2012, the deal would eventually fail to materialize, with Sir Alex Ferguson instead opting to sign Arsenal forward Robin van Persie—a signing that would eventually prove to be the best of the English season.
However, with Wayne Rooney now seemingly on his way out of the club, it has become imperative for new boss David Moyes to ensure that there isn't a large, Liverpudlian-sized hole left should Wayne choose to exit Old Trafford for good.
Whilst Lewandowski is more of an out-and-out centre-forward—similar in ilk to RVP more than Rooney—his addition to the side would allow some relief for United's Dutch talisman and could also lay the groundwork for one of the greatest attacking partnerships seen at the club since the days of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.
Whatever happens, if United do want to lure Poland's star player to the club, they are more than likely going to have to fork out the cash, big time, to ensure that "noisy neighbors" Manchester City don't swoop in and leave the red half of Manchester high and dry.
The Sun believes that bringing Lewandowski to the club could cost United as much as £80 million. This seems like a slightly ludicrous estimate, but it does speak volumes for how Herculean a figure the eventual sum could reach just for one player.
Perhaps a more realistic total would be in the region of £25-45 million.
Whilst United do have some cash to burn right now, it is debatable as to whether or not there will be enough in the bank to snare both of their priority summer targets.
Cesc Fabregas has not had the easiest of times since joining FC Barcelona in the summer of 2011. Whilst the player maintains that he is happy to stay at Barca, according to the Daily Mail, it is undoubtedly always the case that a big-money move from a European elite like United is enough to turn any player's head.
However, with something in the region of £35 million already invested in the Borussia Dortmund front man, will United be able to snag the Spaniard as well?
Manchester United are confident they can bring Cesc Fàbregas and Robert Lewandowski to the club this summer. (Source: Daily Mail)— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 11, 2013
Right now Cesc is likely to set the Red Devils back another £40 million, and that's before any sort of bidding war commences between themselves and Fabregas' former employers, Arsenal.
If both transfers come to fruition, then Manchester United could fork out as much as £90 million this summer on just two players.
But will it be worth it? In the short term yes, but perhaps in the grander scheme of things, this is just a little bit too much.
Certainly the additions of two world-class talents like Lewandowski and Cesc would propel United into an incredibly strong position for the next few seasons. United will see a significant improvement, particularly in regards to the Champions League, with both of these players having a strong handle on the European format of the beautiful game (something United have lacked in recent seasons).
It would also be a clever way for David Moyes to really stamp his authority on the United job on a global scale. Whilst most English fans are aware of Moyes' prowess and managerial abilities, across the continent he is a relative unknown.
The acquisition of two such players in his first transfer window with the club would be a perfect way to stand up and inform the world that he means business.
Fabregas, in particular, would also bring a lot to a United central midfield that has never really recovered since the lost of Roy Keane. His addition to the starting XI would be the first real "big name" player to be signed in that role since Keane left the club back in 2005.
Both transfers make perfect sense and would be great for the English Champions. But the real question is, at what literal cost? Can United afford to bring both superstars in or just focus on a single big-money signing?
Do United Need To Spend This Much on Cesc and Lewandowski?
With the likelihood that Marouane Fellaini will join the club this summer, following his boss out the door at Everton, it could be argued that the signing of Fabregas is more of a luxury than a necessity.
With this in mind, perhaps it would be wise for Moyes to compromise and bring in a mixture of proven Premier League grit, in Fellaini, and continental flair, in Lewandowski, for a much smaller combined total.
Whatever happens, if both of these players do eventually find themselves playing in the red of Manchester next season, then, however much is spent, United will be a force to reckon with next year in all competitions they play in.
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