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Manchester United linked to Bayern Munich duo who could strengthen the midfield and the attack

Manchester United are reportedly plotting what is said to be a huge double swoop for Bayern Munich duo Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski this summer. It has been suggested that the Spanish and Poland internationals are both being made available by the Bundesliga champions this summer but that there would be a lot of competition for United and other teams interested in the pair. Jose Mourinho is apparently desperate to strengthen his midfield and attack this summer and the pair could do just that.

The reports come from the Independent, which in my opinion would cast a massive cloud over the fact that this is nothing but speculation. Many see Miguel Delaney as a trustworthy journalist but whenever he writes speculatory articles such as this, they tend to be more speculation than fact. You might feel differently about his knowledge and connections which may make him credible but personally, I just don’t see anything like this materialising.

United have been linked with Thiago Alcantara before, seemingly coming close to signing the player in the summer of 2013, with the player opting to sign for Bayern Munich from Barcelona instead, despite Spanish teammate David De Gea playing a part in the player coming to the club. United have also been linked with the Spaniard earlier this summer, which may have been something likely if United did not sign Fred and Marouane Fellaini had not signed a new contract at the club.

Robert Lewandowski is a player United have been linked with in the past. The summer Robin van Persie made the move from Arsenal, United were linked to the Polish international but nothing seemed to materialise. In the years gone by, United have continued to be linked with Lewandowski but nothing seems to have continued those reports. Earlier this summer, it was reported that the Pole would be up for leaving Bayern Munich but recently that seems to have cooled with suggestions the player could stay put.

However, Lewandowski has been targeted by both Real Madrid and Chelsea, who could rival United if these reports are actually true. Real Madrid has the money to spend this summer with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Juventus, despite suggestions that both Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard could be on their way to the Santiago Bernabeu. Chelsea may also be seeking to strengthen their frontline with Maurizio Sarri now managing the club and suggestions that Alvaro Morata could return to Juventus, which could see Gonzalo Higuaín move to London.

If anything, Thiago could be a target for United. However, United will be waiting to see if Barcelona make a move to re-sign the Spanish midfielder, which could be the move he opts for instead. United will need to get something done in the transfer window this summer as the signing of Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Lee Grant will not be enough to put them on par with Premier League champions Manchester City. There will need to be something much bigger happening in the background for something like that to happen.

United are still currently linked to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, which again seems to be something we have seen before. No deal likely to happen. Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld could be something similar despite United being linked with the player all summer. The fee Spurs want for the Belgian is considered to be too high, considering that the player can leave the club for £25 million next summer. With this in mind, it could mean that both United and Spurs could actually do a deal before the window closes on the 9 August 2018.

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