Manchester United and Chelsea have been handed a shock lifeline in the race to sign Robert Lewandowski, according to reports.
Spanish newspaper AS claims Pep Guardiola is having second thoughts over bringing the player to Bayern Munich in the summer, despite the Bundesliga giants having a verbal agreement to bring the player to the Allianz Arena from rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Lewandowski’s contract expires at the end of the season, and if Munich do pull out of a deal, then the paper claims a fee in the region of €12million may be enough to sign the forward in the New Year.
Real Madrid are being credited with an interest in the player, whilst a number of English clubs were linked with a move for the Champions League runner-up in the summer.
Manchester United were among the interested parties, as David Moyes looked to make a transfer statement after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.
The Red Devils aren’t light of options in attack, with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck among the division’s top marksmen.
However, Lewandowski’s goal record both in Germany and Europe is phenomenal - he scored 39 goals in 56 games last term, and the opportunity to bring such a player to Old Trafford for a cut-price fee is one Manchester United may struggle to turn down.
As for Chelsea, another interested summer party, their options in-front of goal aren’t quite so luxurious, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o all struggling for form at the start of the new season.
Indeed, the Blues’ leading marksman has been Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian scoring goals away from Stamford Bridge after being sent out on loan by manager Jose Mourinho.
Money is certainly not an issue for the west London outfit, with owner Roman Abramovich continuing to invest heavily in Chelsea, and his arrival would be a significant transfer coup for ‘the Special One’.