Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will ‘definitely not’ be moving to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this summer according to his club.
The Polish goal machine has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months and, after revealing his desire to leave Dortmund this summer in search of pastures new, the Red Devils may have their best shot at signing him now.
It appeared a few weeks ago that he was certain to be sold to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich but, following their Champions League final defeat to the newly crowned European champions, Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has warned Bayern the ‘case is closed’.
"Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013," Watzke told Bild.
"This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer."
This may well be music to the ears of Manchester United fans since the club has been linked with a strong interest in the 24-year-old who scored an incredible 36 goals for Dortmund last term.
However, should David Moyes move to bring him to Old Trafford, what would that mean for the future of last season’s marquee signing Robin van Persie?
The Dutch ace has been the Premier League’s top scorer for the past two seasons and has completely outshone United’s formerly star striker Wayne Rooney who has, incidentally, handed in a transfer request last month.
Van Persie scored 30 goals for United this term and made 48 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson. However, a signing like Lewandowski may alter his status as United’s star striker.
Van Persie is still 29 years of age and undoubtedly the most gifted finisher in England at present but an arrival of Lewandowski’s proportions would mean Moyes would have some selection headaches to deal with next term.
If Rooney departs this summer, that would likely make things a little less cumbersome for the remaining members of United’s title-winning strike force – the likes of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck will be hoping to play a bigger role in Moyes’ United than they have in Ferguson’s.
An arrival of Lewandowski, however, would likely mean they would remain bit-part players, appearing predominantly from the bench which, should he sign for United, may be where Van Persie finds himself more frequently than he’d like.
With his injury record it would free up the Dutchman to get the rest he requires as he heads into his 30s, and hopefully for him actually prolong his United career rather than stifle it.
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