Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund hitman Robert Lewandowski for over a year now.
The Pole has been in sensational form this term for the Bundesliga champions and has cemented himself as one of the continent’s most wanted strikers.
He’s scored 26 goals in 35 appearances this season and is well on his way of breaking his record from last term of 30 goals in 47 appearances.
It now looks as though he will definitely be leaving Dortmund at the end of the season for pastures new but the current German top tier leaders Bayern Munich are also chasing United’s top target and, according to on-going reports, incoming manager Pep Guardiola wants the 24-year-old to be his first marquee signing this summer.
However, United may have a bargaining chip, unbeknown to them, perhaps. They too have a 24-year-old striker with the world at his feet – highly rated and capable of becoming a world-class centre-forward.
Javier Hernandez has becoming something of a ‘super-sub’ for the Red Devils this season since the arrival of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford. His attitude is fantastic and he is a brilliant example of how to conduct yourself when you are not the first-choice in your position.
Despite making 10 of his 28 appearances this season from the bench, he’s not complained or bemoaned his lack of starts, he’s taken the positive approach and modestly and gracefully waited patiently for his opportunities. When he’s been granted his chances, he’s grabbed them with both hands – he’s scored 16 goals and made 10 assists.
It should come as no surprise then to manager Sir Alex Ferguson that Chicharito is a wanted man himself. Juventus are reportedly keen on luring him to Turin where he could and would be the first-choice striker.
I wrote a piece last week outlining why, despite United being the biggest club in the world, leaving Old Trafford might be the best thing for Hernandez’ career and development in the long run.
However, I’m sure the Old Lady of Serie A are not the only potential suitors of the Mexican – as I stated before Hernandez could easily walk into the first team of virtually any other club on the planet.
Whilst Bayern Munich may be interested in Lewandowski, I’m positive that Borussia Dortmund are less than enamoured with the idea of selling their best player to their direct domestic rival – that’s something Arsenal would do and look where that got them.
Given the choice of options I think it’s safe to assume that Dortmund would rather sell Lewandowski to a foreign team and Manchester United would likely be the player’s preference, given the choice.
Dortmund would likely demand a fee in the region of £25 million but I wonder whether they could be tempted into a part-exchange deal involving Hernandez.
Thy will certainly need to replace their star striker and 24-year-old top quality centre-forwards tend to be hard to come by. It would make sense for United to use their assets to their advantage. They can offer Dortmund a replacement of the highest caliber.
Would United be interest in that deal? I’m sure Javier Hernandez would be. Lewandowski too. Dortmund definitely. The only losers would be Bayern Munich.
United fans what would you make of this admittedly tough choice?