But Striker Wants Real Madrid Transfer
Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. However, the Bundesliga champions are demanding €200million (£175million) for the Poland international.
Lewandowski appointed super-agent Pini Zahavi as his representative earlier this year in the hope the Israeli would secure him one last big move.
But Bayern are standing firm. Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted last month that there would be no exit for the 29-year-old.
“We know what sort of relationship we have with Robert, and I am very happy that we have such a long-term contract with him and that no one has anything to worry about. He will be playing football here in Munich next year,” said Rummenigge.
However, Zahavi says he has told Rummenigge that Lewandowski wants to leave.
“Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career. The FC Bayern officials know about it ,” he said last week.
Now, German newspaper Sport Bild claims that Zahavi has offered Lewandowski to Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. However, the Pole remains unconvinced by any of those clubs. He is holding out for a move to Real Madrid.
The situation at the Bernabeu complicates matters in that Real are without a coach following the departure last week of Zinedine Zidane. That ought to sort itself out in the next week or two.
In the meantime, Bayern have put a price tag of €200million (£175million) on Lewandowski in the hope it will deter any potential suitors.
At the moment, Manchester United transfer isn’t on the cards.
Manchester United ‘Bid £35m’ For Striker
Meanwhile, reports from Portugal claim Manchester United have offered £35million for Benfica striker Anderson Talisca.
The Brazilian has just finished a two-season long loan at Turkish side Besiktas where he scored 20 goals in 47 games. However, Besiktas failed to take up the option of making the deal permanent. A clause in the loan agreement valued Talisca at €21million (£18million), Besiktas offered six annual payments of €3,5million, an offer that was rejected by Benfica.
But O Jogo newspaper in Portugal claims that Benfica have received three offers of €40million (£35million). One of the bids has come from United, the other two from clubs in China.
Jose Mourinho is a long-standing admirer of Talisca. He wanted to sign him when he was manager of Chelsea, but he decided that as the striker wouldn’t qualify for a UK work permit it wasn’t worth his while.
Talisca still doesn’t qualify to play in the UK as he has yet to make a senior international appearance for Brazil. However, a change in the rules mean a player would qualify for a work permit if he costs over-and-above the average price of a player. It means United would have to pay over the odds to get their man. If O Jogo’s story is true then United are willing to do just that.