Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Club Shouldn't Target Robert Lewandowski

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Robert Lewandowski is a talented striker who would have made sense for Manchester United when he was linked to the Red Devils in years past. The club has bigger needs now, however, which means it shouldn't aggressively pursue him this summer.

Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reported United are once again tracking the 24-year-old Polish international. Talks between his current club, Borussia Dortmund, and rival Bayern Munich reached a stalemate, opening the sweepstakes back up.

However, with Dortmund refusing to sell to Bayern, and the player holding out for a move to the Allianz Arena, a stand-off has developed between Lewandowski and Dortmund which is expected to mean the £25 million-rated forward ultimately leaves the club this summer.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested, but the player has told friends his preferred option in England would be United.

For United, Lewandowski is mentioned as a potential backup plan should the club's long-shot attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford fail. Even under that scenario, the Dortmund striker shouldn't be atop the club's target list.

The snub would have nothing to do with talent. Lewandowski is coming off his second straight productive campaign with Dortmund, racking up 34 goals and seven assists in 44 matches across Bundesliga and Champions League play.

Instead, it's due to United's current roster. Robin van Persie was brought in to lead the attack last summer and did all the Red Devils could have asked for. He led the Premier League in goals with 26 and should have several productive seasons ahead.

The club also has Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez to use up front. Both players are ready to shine if given more prominent roles under new manager David Moyes.

Of course, Wayne Rooney also remains in the mix. His future, like that of Lewandowski, remains uncertain heading into the summer window. If he remains with United, there's little doubt he would continue to make a significant impact.

So while adding a player of Lewandowski's caliber who's about to enter his prime is usually a no-brainer for clubs like United, it would make a crowded attacking group even more so.

The Red Devils have other needs that should be addressed first. Specifically, Moyes must be focused on retooling the midfield during his first summer with the club. It's the area with the most question marks as the squad stands now.

Any assets used to acquire Lewandowski would be unavailable to help upgrade in the middle of the pitch, which is an especially important task when it comes to competing in European play. The likes of Bayern and Barcelona dominate matches in the midfield.

Ultimately, the most important thing during the offseason is filling voids. Lewandowski would be more of a luxury addition for United at this point. Knowing that, Moyes should steer clear of any bidding war for his services that may develop.

The new boss has bigger issues to address in the coming months.