Manchester United’s hopes of signing in demand Borussia Dortmund centre forward Robert Lewandowski appear to have been dealt a knockout blow this afternoon with the Poland International’s agent stating that it is unlikely his client will move to England this summer. Lewandowski has been encapsulating the majority of Europe with his performances for Borussia Dortmund in the past two season and at the European Championships in his home country last summer however it is his performance against Real Madrid last week in the semi-finals of the European Cup where he scored all four of the German side’s goals that has caught the eyes of the few that were not yet aware of Lewa, as he is affectionately known by Dortmund supporters.
There has been much speculation about Robert Lewandowski’s future this season with several media outlets reporting significant interest from Sir Alex Ferguson throughout the year with the Old Trafford boss and his number two Mick Phelan being pictured at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when Borussia Dortmund travelled to face their city rivals with it being thought their eyes were on Lewandowski. The recent hype surrounding Lewandowski following his spectacular performance against Real Madrid has seen numerous reports about pre-agreed contracts with an unknown club, thought to be Bavaria’s Bayern Munich however this appeared unlikely as it emerged last week the Bundesliga Champions had met the release clause of Dortmund’s starlet Mario Gotze with the German international moving to Bayern this summer.
Robert Lewandowski’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires at the end of the 2013-2014 campaign so from a merely financial standpoint it
would make sense for Borussia Dortmund to cash in on their Polish striker this summer,and last week this was certainly the impression we were given by Lewandowski’s agent Maik Barthel when he said “We have reached an agreement with a club and intend [Lewandowski] to move this summer.” This statement was later refuted by charismatic Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp with the former Mainz head coach stating he did not believe Lewandowski wanted to leave the club and he did not believe Borussia Dortmund were pushing him out of the door so to speak. The discrepancies between these two claims left the media guessing with regards to the future of Lewandowski with many still suspecting Dortmund would not sell a second player to their biggest rivals for next season’s German title.However comments today made by agent Maik Barthel lead many to believe Bavaria will be Lewandowski’s destination for next season if the player decides to leave Dortmund, “Robert is interested in the future coming to the Premier League. The Premier League is very interesting for Robert. How long is the future, I cannot say to you. I think this summer is not the future.” The interest in the Premier League is clear on the part of Lewandowski however the reasons why this summer will unlikely see the Poland international move to England are still as yet unknown. This may well all be a ploy from Barthel to increase interest from English clubs with the threat of losing their main target to Bayern Munich looming large or there may indeed be a lack of bids with the £30 Million asking price not being yet met which has forced Barthel’s hand.
With fellow Manchester United target Gareth Bale winning both the PFA Player and Young Player of the year awards yesterday evening it is expected his potential transfer fee will increase yet further and with the idea of financial fair play becoming an ever more realistic problem it may not be financially prudent for Manchester United to pursue both Bale and Lewandowski. With former Munich player Lothar Matthaus stating earlier in the year that he believed Lewandowski will head to the Allianz Arena in the summer the Robert Lewandowski transfer saga is still very much, a watch this space saga.