Manchester United have been knocked back in their pursuit of a second Bayern Munich star as Robert Lewandowski’s agent claimed his client is not interested in a move to Old Trafford. However, he would not rule a move for his client in the future.
The 13 time Premier League Champions announced the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made 500 appearances for the German club, yesterday but a second swoop for a Bayern star seems unlikely following Cezary Kucharski’s comments.
Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the Polish striker, who bagged 25 goals in all competitions last season, but he may be forced to look elsewhere for Robin van Persie’s replacement as the Dutch striker completes his move to Fenerbahce.
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Speaking to Polish TV, Kucharski said: “'I think it would have to be a very high offer, definitely higher than €50million (£35m). Robert is one of the most valued strikers on the market who guarantees goals, guarantees assists, excitement.
'There must be a signal from the club, from Munich. There is no such signal so we are not thinking about it, because even thinking about a change of club would be unfair in my opinion to the current employers.
"With a player of Robert's class, the truth is that not a lot of work is required because really there are only two directions in which he could go in the future, England or Spain, and only with Bayern Munich's acceptance."
SPLASHING THE CASH
United have already spent £80 million this summer on four new additions and may yet launch a bid for a striker, who is considered among the top finishers in the world having scored 74 goals in 131 league games for Borussia Dortmund before switching to Bayern.
At 26 years of age Lewandowski is approaching the prime of his career and it seems unlikely the Bavarian outfit will allow their star striker to jump ship to a potential Champions League rival.
However in football, money talks and having spent £149 million in the summer of 2014, it would come as no surprise to see United launch a bid in the region of £40-50 million for the Polish pitman, who has scored 26 goals in 68 appearances for his country
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
With Van Persie on his way out and Javier Hernandez surplus to requirements, United are left with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson as their striking options going into the season.
There are a number of alternatives for United with reports linking them with PSG forward Edison Cavani and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian frontman will reportedly go for no less than his release clause of £32.5 million though.
Despite these words from Lewandowski’s agent it would come as no surprise to see United attempt a bid in a transfer window that has seen them chasing a number of superstars.