Manchester City could consider signing the Polish striker as an alternative to Harry Kane, although Bayern Munich’s £100 million price tag could be an issue.
According to the Football Fancast, Manchester City could consider signing Robert Lewandowski in the current window if their efforts to sign Harry Kane fail to produce the desired outcome. The Bayern Munich striker is keen on a new challenge, although the £100 million price tag placed could make a deal impossible.
Manchester City made headlines with the £100 million signing of Jack Grealish earlier this month. They were expected to break that record by signing Harry Kane, although Tottenham have held firm on their stance over the striker. The club remains hopeful of finding a solution before the month’s end.
Manchester City had seen an earlier bid of £100 million plus a player rejected by Spurs, who are reportedly holding out for £150 million. While Pep Guardiola’s club have resources to meet that asking price, City tested the waters by submitting an improved offer worth £127 million, to which Spurs haven’t responded yet.
This could indicate that Kane might stay put as Tottenham refuse to negotiate or discuss a potential deal with Man City. If the England captain stays, it could force Guardiola to look at alternatives and call off the chase for Kane after all.
The departure of Sergio Aguero from the club has rendered Guardiola short of striking options upfront, with Gabriel Jesus the only recognised forward in the ranks. There are the likes of Ferran Torres who could play as a striker, but Man City still seek someone of high calibre.
It could lead them on the trails of Robert Lewandowski, who is reportedly keen to leave Bayern Munich. Despite having two more years left on his Bayern deal, the Polish striker is believed to have recently indicated his desire for a new challenge elsewhere.
The striker was in scintillating form last season, scoring 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances. Despite his advanced age, it does show that Lewandowski hasn’t slowed down. However, Bayern’s reported asking price of £100 million could prove to be a big problem for anyone trying to lure the striker.
While Man City were willing to shell out a huge fee for Kane, they may not find it investment-worthy to sign Lewandowski for £100 million. The Polish striker will turn 33 next month, and it may not be wise to pay up so much.
His numbers are prolific, and he hasn’t shown much fitness concerns or lacked sharpness in front of goal. However, if Bayern are willing to negotiate the price down, the chances of Lewandowski moving to the Etihad increase dramatically. It remains to be seen if this is just another rumour in the backdrop of the Kane saga or if the interest is genuine. Lewandowski has enjoyed playing under Guardiola in the past, and the manager could opt for him at the right price.