Manchester United Lead Race For Lewandowski

Initial Contact Made By United

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Manchester United are the only side to have made any sort of move to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. That’s the claim being made today amidst reports that the Poland international could be on his way out of Bayern this summer.

Lewandowski recently changed agents ditching his long-time representative Cesary Kucharski in favour of Pini Zahavi. The Israeli is well known to Manchester United and has represented the club in past transfer talks. He was their negotiator in the deal that brought Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford in 2015.

Kicker magazine in Germany claims that the Red Devils have made contact with Lewandowski – presumably through Zahavi – in a bid to sign the Pole. Chelsea and Real Madrid are also said to be interested but United have stolen a march on their rivals and are the only club to show any interest so far.

Lewandowski was linked with United back in 2012. At that time, his agent Kucharski said that the striker would one day play in the Premier League. He was linked as long ago as 2010 with both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

But there is one aspect in the rumours linking Lewandowski with United that casts doubts on any deal being done. The striker turns 30 at the start of next season and at that age United tend to shy away from signing any player on anything more than a one-year contract. The exception to that rule was Schweinsteiger who Louis van Gaal persuaded the club’s board to sign on a three-year deal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only ever signed one-year contracts with the club.

Despite that, Lewandowski is still scoring goals on an industrial scale. He scored a hat-trick on Saturday in Bayern’s 6-0 win over Hamburg to bring his tally for the season to 32 in 35 games. It also makes him the highest-scoring foreign player in the club’s history.

Saturday’s result leaves Bayern 20 points clear of second-placed Schalke and needing just two more wins to wrap up the Bundesliga title.