How Blackburn Rovers nearly signed Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski is wanted by Manchester United and smashed four goals past Real Madrid, but did you know he almost signed for Blackburn Rovers?

Robert Lewandowski last night confirmed his status as one of the world's top strikers, scoring four goals in a Champions League semi-final.

As his Borussia Dortmund side dispatched Real Madrid 4-1, there may just have been a few Blackburn Rovers fans wondering what might have been.

You see back in 2010, a calm pre-Venkys era, then manager Sam Allardyce was strongly interested in the young Pole.

This was before the striker made the transition to the Bundesliga, when he was playing back in his native Poland with Lech Poznan.

As this article from SkySports states, talks were so advanced between the clubs, that Lewandowski was even due to visit Blackburn until an unexpected occurrence took place.

The eruption of an Icelandic volcano grounded all flights across Europe, meaning the Pole had to cancel his trip to Ewood Park to meet Sam Allardyce and tour Blackburn's facilities.

"He got the invitation [from Blackburn], but due to the cancellation of the flights he could not go, and it makes no sense to drive," said his agent at the time.

They say every cloud has a silver lining, but not in this case for Rovers, who are now battling to avoid relegation in the Championship.

Lewandowski ended up accepting an offer from Borussia Dortmund, and the rest is history. One may wonder if he would have developed into the striker he is today under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce, or if he would have been moulded into a battering ram centre-forward.

Perhaps fortunately for the Pole's sake, we will never know.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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