Real Madrid Transfer News: Robert Lewandowski Talks Denied by Agent, Top Rumours

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski applauds the fans after  the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. The match ended 0-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Robert Lewandowski's agent has dismissed rumours linking the Bayern Munich striker with Real Madrid as "just speculation" and said the Spanish giants have not made contact with him.

According to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC, Cezary Kucharski said to Polish outlet Polstat"Real have not conducted talks over a transfer, it's just speculation. Rumours around Robert show what a player he is. He's known not only in Poland or Germany, but throughout Europe. Lewandowski is at a team that suits him, and there is no need to change anything."

Further, Kucharski added the centre-forward has begun negotiations with Bayern over a new deal: "Yes, we've started talking. I won't talk about specifics, because it's confidential."

As Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney relayed, AS have reported Lewandowski is hoping for a bumper contract at Bayern, while Kucharski's latest comments contrast to those attributed to him in earlier reports in the Polish media (h/t Uersfeld):

Meanwhile, according to Kai Psotta and Heiko Niedderer for German outlet Bild (h/t Uersfeld), Maik Barthel—the striker's representative in Germany—said: "Robert is happy at Bayern, we are happy too. He's been playing on a world-class level for the past two years, that's why he can look forward to his new contract."

Lewandowski certainly fits the Galactico profile required of a marquee signing at the Santiago Bernabeu, and as FC Bayern US noted ahead of Bayern's 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, he's in incredible form:

Per Opta Franz, Lewandowski has formed a magnificent partnership with Thomas Muller:

If he were to go to Real Madrid, Los Blancos would be hoping he could form a similarly effective duo with the likes of Gareth Bale and help the forward line rival Barcelona's trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

However, the 27-year-old seems content in Munich, where he stands a much better chance of making significant gains to his haul of silverware, so it would hardly be a surprise if he did extend his stay at the Allianz Arena.

Indeed, it's not inconceivable Kucharski's earlier fuelling of speculation was merely a ploy to help negotiate a better deal for his client.

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In other news, Real forward Jese Rodriguez could be a target for Liverpool this summer, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes (h/t Bruce Archer of the Express), after missing out on him in January.

The Spaniard has two goals and two assists from just four Liga starts this season, and as football journalist Rik Sharma demonstrated, he has shown flashes of quality in his brief cameos and has perhaps deserved more playing time than he's been given:

The 22-year-old is a promising talent, but a record of 14 goals and 11 assists in 74 appearances for Real isn't indicative of a player who's likely to hit the ground running and score regularly at Anfield—something Liverpool would need him to do with Daniel Sturridge's fitness proving an issue and Christian Benteke struggling to fit in.

If acquired cheaply, he could be useful, but after the likes of Benteke and Mario Balotelli, the Reds can ill afford another expensive flop up front.