Following quotes from Borussia Dortmund that Robert Lewandowski would not be sold to Bayern Munich this summer, Manchester United were made favourites for his signature. And yet reports this morning suggest a move to Old Trafford will also be blocked by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Earlier stories suggested an offer of £25.5million would secure the prolific Polish forward. But despite being in the last year of his contract, it now seems the 24-year-old will be going nowhere just yet.
Dortmund’s chief executive Aki Watzke said, “What I expect from him now is to show the strength in character he has shown over the past years and cope with the situation on a professional level. I am confident he will do so.”
Seemingly putting the final nail in the coffin of any United bid, Watzke added, “I can only call off the wish I know about. Why should I bother about other clubs when all we know about is that he only wants to join Bayern?”
After Galatasaray ended their pursuit of Nani following the rejection of a £6million offer, reports suggest the Portuguese winger is hopeful of a move to either Juventus or Monaco. The free-spending French side have previously been linked with the player, and United would certainly welcome their interest if they are willing to pay the £8million asking price.
In old news suddenly rehashed, the stories linking Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay with Old Trafford have resurfaced this morning.
Originating from reports in Portugal, and strikingly similar to those that appeared earlier this year, it is said that United have a “gentleman’s agreement” to sign the player, and could finalise a £17million deal in the coming weeks.
Although with the emergence of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and the resurgence of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, any move for Garay would almost certainly signal the end of the line for at least one of the above.
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