Polish striker on the radar of Manchester United and Chelsea but it is not that straight forward

Manchester United and Chelsea will reportedly go head to head to lure Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to the Premier League this summer. Sky Sports News started the rumour suggesting the player is keen to leave the Bundesliga and his future could become much clearer in the next fortnight. It is suggested that the player will need to persuade Bayern to let him leave the club. Lewandowski’s current contract expires in the summer of 2021 but the player has hired super-agent Pini Zahavi to negotiate a deal.

It may not be an easy task for Zahavi as Bayern are not short of cash and will be looking to keep their prized striker at the Allianz Arena next season. Lewandowski has scored 97 goals in 108 games for his club, which is a great record for the player and club to have. Losing him could see problems for the Bundesliga leaders unless they bring in an effective replacement. It is said that the Premier League duo will face ‘stiff competition’ with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain would be interested in the Polish striker.

This season, Lewandowski has made 34 appearances in all competitions, starting 31 times and coming off the bench three times. He has scored a total of 29 goals, assisting a further three goals. The Polish international has shot on goal 152 times, with 65 of those shots being on target. It is not a bad set of statistics for the Bayern player and one that many clubs would be interested in. This season, United are somewhat short in the striker department with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the sidelines for seven months, making a return to action and sitting on the sidelines again.

The Swedish international signed a new one-year contract in the summer and has been linked to LA Galaxy in the summer. If Ibrahimovic does leave United, they may need to bring in a new striker, which is where the interest in Lewandowski (today) and Mauro Icardi (Monday) seems to be coming from. As Jose Mourinho currently has Romelu Lukaku to lead the line and he has been trusted for the majority of the season, scoring his 22nd goal of the season (in all competitions) against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mourinho also has Marcus Rashford, who is two-years into his Manchester United career and it has been suggested by Jamie Redknapp that Rashford faces alienation by Mourinho after Alexis Sanchez signed for the club during the January transfer window. That is not the case though as Rashford was injured for much of the last month, which is the main reason he has not played, that and not being all that effective, which is something every striker will go through a period of.

I am unconvinced of these reports though, based on the source, who have not been all that great in the past. It makes me wonder (although I have not looked) whether Sky Bet have a market on Lewandowski heading to United or Chelsea this summer. If so, and it is something that has materialised since yesterday, I would be more sceptical of this report. Lewandowski is a talented striker. United have been linked in the past, mainly in 2012 when Sir Alex Ferguson signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal. There have been links since, but nothing has ever materialised.

Perhaps Robert Lewandowski is seeking a new bumper contract from the Bundesliga leaders…

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