Four-goal Borussia Dortmund star will cost Manchester United £80m to sign
Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils still in with a chance of landing Lewandowski
Manchester United will have to come up with an £80 million transfer package if they are to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to the Sun.
The Borussia Dortmund forward is the talk of the town after his four goals against Real Madrid on Wednesday which put his side on the verge of a place in the Champions League final.
Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the Polish international and reportedly made a move to sign him last summer, however Bayern Munich appear to be in the driving seat for his signature amidst reports he has already agreed terms with the Bavarian club, something his agent seemed to confirm yesterday - although has since been denied.
However the Sun report today that it is still possible for Manchester United to land the prolific 24-year-old - who is believed to have told Dortmund he won't extend his contract before it expires in 2014 - if they are willing to come up with a tempting enough offer.
The paper claim an offer of around £28 million will be enough to persuade Dortmund to cut their losses and sell up in the summer despite their insistence that they want the former Lech Poznan forward to stay put even if it means allowing him to leave on a free transfer in 2014.
To add to the fee, the Red Devils will also have to come up with a five-year contract offer worth around £200,000-per-week to persuade Lewandowski to snub Bayern and head to Old Trafford - bumping the package up to around an eye-watering £80 million.
Despite the speculation regarding Lewandowski's future and potential moves to Bayern or Manchester United, Dortmund remain confident that they can persuade him to stay put having already lost Mario Gotze to their Bundesliga rivals.
"Our wish is explicit that he stays here," general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said after Wednesday's game.
“We will even do without receiving a transfer fee for him — that doesn’t interest us in the slightest.
“Robert’s contract runs until 2014 and, unlike Mario Gotze, there is no get-out clause.