Manchester United are confident they can sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski after receiving private encouragement from both players, according to the Daily Mail.
Champions League runner-ups are adamant they wont sell their Polish striker to German rivals Bayern Munich. Lewandowski, 24, is believed to be keen on a transfer and was expected to follow former team-mate Mario Gotze, for a 'dream move' to the European champions.
Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013.
“This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers.
“The Bayern case is closed, because there was no written offer. If Robert wants to go to Munich, he will have another chance next year.”
Dortmund’s declaration is a slap in the face for Lewandowski, who has refused their offer to extend his contract, and felt he could pick his next club this summer.
Watke added: “Everything will be discussed with Robert and his advisers in the coming days."
Dortmund are ready to accept £25.5m for Lewandowski this summer rather than letting him move for free next season.
New Manchester United boss David Moyes is believed to be keen to sign the Poland international.
Meanwhile, Spanish playmaker Fabregas could return to the Premier League, with Manchester United favourites to land the 26-year-old.
Fabregas have been failing to impress the Catalans and is believed to exit the Spanish champions paving way to Manchester United, who are in quest to sign a central midfielder to replace retired Paul Scholes.
Fabregas' former club Arsenal are also believed to be chasing the Spaniard.
It is understood that both players, Fabregas and Lewandowski, have expressed an interest in joining the Barclays Premier League champions and that United feel they can do the deals.
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