He’s the 'hot to trot' striker in Europe at the moment - especially after his four goal demolition of Real Madrid last week - and the player that all of Europe’s elite clubs are casting envious eyes over. Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund is currently the hottest of hot properties. Small wonder then that newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United have been heavily linked with his services. The popular conundrum however has been that three into two doesn’t go. With the established pair of van Persie and Rooney just having delivered the title back to Old Trafford, just how does Lewandowski fit in – unless that is, one of Rooney or van Persie is on the way out.
The prospect of Lewandowski joining United, or anyone else for that matter, is however a bit of a smoke and mirrors job at the moment. Over the weekend the press in Germany were reporting that talks had taken place between the player and Bayern Munich – recent purchaser of the Pole’s erstwhile teammate Goetze. It was also stated that a price of 30 million euros had been placed on the player’s head. It seemed the deal to with the German champions was on the way. Further pouring cold water on the prospect of a move to the Premier League, the player’s agent has stated that although he sees Lewandowski in England sometime in the future, in The Guardian, he was quoted as saying that “The Premier League is very interesting for Robert. How long is the future, I cannot say to you. I think this summer is not the future."
Today however, Bayern have denied any contact, and Dortmund insist that Lewandowki is going nowhere, any time soon. Apparently prepared to stare down the deals and see the player’s contract run down after another season at the club, they’re prepared to forego the mega bucks. Hmmm, no, I don’t think so either. So perhaps United may be in the frame for the Pole if their interest is sincere. Further, the Polish national manager Franciszek Smuda, is also quoted in The Guardian as saying that "Lewy is going to Manchester United
United supremo Ferguson has never been one to bale on the difficult decision, and if he thought it was the right thing to do, rest-assured that he’s bite the bullet and pack Rooney off to PSG, or whoever else from the continent was prepared to stump up the required wad of brass – just so long as it wasn’t the noisy neighbours, that is of course. There is however another possibility for Rooney is Lewandowski arrives.
If Manchester United are ‘light’ anywhere at the moment, it’s the lack of an heir to Paul Scholes’ role. Cleverley has been tried, but not excelled, Kagawa has promise, but only that for now, whilst Carrick is an assured presence, but in a deeper role. If however United are looking for an accomplished footballer, capable of exquisite passing , and astute vision, plus an eye for a goal, sliding Rooney back ten yards could solve this problem, create the space in the team for Lewandowski. It could be the move that solves the lack of Scholes, and the addition of Lewadowski.
Anybody want to bet that Ferguson hasn’t at least considered the possibility?