United's best chance to revitalise their interest in Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

Any sale of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has the potential to turn Robert Lewandowski’s summer 2014 plans upside down.

Lewandowski has just admitted that he is resigned to the fact that he will be forced to stay at Borussia Dortmund this summer having failed to secure that elusive move to Bayern Munich this year.

As things stand, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has accepted that Lewandowski looks set to move to Bayern next year but Manchester United can still throw a spanner in the works if they are forced to sell Wayne Rooney this summer.

“I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season - That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season,” Klopp told Welt am Sonntag.

Lewandowski is staring at a very awkward situation, similarly to Mario Gotze, where he will have to contend with playing for Dortmund over a short period of time, before joining their main rivals.

Needless to say if the season pans out and that situation hasn’t changed or doesn’t looking like changing, Lewandowski is not exactly going to be the most popular player in yellow and black colours by the time next summer comes around, and may even decide leaving Germany altogether is his best option.

It’s also needless to say that if Rooney leaves United, that is going to leave a gaping great hole in the attack of the squad which could be filled by the Polish striker.

Lewandowski seems very keen on a switch to Bayern Munich so United will effectively have to play on the negatives of his current situation alongside the benefits of what they can offer in order to push the deal through.

They need to stress the benefits of the Pole playing at a huge English club, with an undoubted position in the side over playing at a club where it’s just a matter of time before he ends up committing the ultimate betrayal.

Form Dortmund’s point of view, they would more than likely do anything to avoid selling their best striker to their biggest rivals so the issue of money and negotiations between themselves and United shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

They would also jump at the chance of getting a fee for the player because it would be catastrophic for them seeing him join Bayern Munich for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

It all depends on what happens with Rooney but if he is only seen as a back up player by David Moyes, he more than likely won’t be wearing a red shirt next season which opens up a gap in United’s attack.

Do you think United could convince Lewandowski to snub a Bayern Munich deal next summer?

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