It is the worst kept secret in football. But Italian website Tuttosport is reporting that Robert Lewandowski will soon be announcing a four-year, £11million-a-season deal with Bayern Munich.
Regardless of the specifics, the Borussia Dortmund striker’s move to the Allianz Arena has been an almost-certainty for months. But while confirmation of the deal will see shrugs of disappointment at the likes of Stamford Bridge, the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford, the club based at the latter could still benefit from the deal.
Manchester United may have been as desperate to secure the services of one of Europe’s most devastating front-men as everyone else, but Tuttosport reports that Lewandowski’s arrival at Bayern is likely to prompt the departure of Mario Mandzukic, with Juventus tipped to sign him.
If so, that could render Mirko Vucinic surplus to requirements in Turin, and United are tipped to benefit from that possibility.
The Montenegrin forward has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes said to be admirers.
And while his arrival would surely only be on the proviso that at least one of the champions’ current forwards departs in the summer, the questions remaining over Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney’s long-term futures means the Vucinic link may not be as strange as first thought.
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