Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski.
According to 90min, Manchester United are one of the many Premier League sides monitoring Lewandowski’s situation at Bayern Munich. The former Borussia Dortmund striker will have just a year remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga giants after the ongoing season and is assessing his options.
Lewandowski arrived in the Bundesliga in 2010, with Borussia Dortmund signing him for €4.75 million from Polish side Lech Poznan. In his first season for the then Jurgen Klopp-managed side, he scored eight league goals to help Dortmund win the Bundesliga title. He has grown into a behemoth of the German league since.
The 33-year-old has scored 20 or more league goals in all but one of the subsequent Bundesliga seasons. After scoring 103 goals in 187 appearances for Dortmund, Lewandowski made the switch to Bayern Munich in 2014. He has scored 333 goals in 363 matches for the Bavarian giants, making him the second most prolific goal-scorer of all time for the club after Gerd Muller (523).
His 305 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund and Bayern also make him the second highest goal-scorer of all time in the league, with 60 fewer goals than Muller’s 365. Lewandowski has only improved with time and scored a record 41 league goals in the 2020/21 season, which helped him win the 2021 Best FIFA Men’s player award.
The 90min report claims that Bayern are eyeing the signing of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as the long-term successor for Lewandowski. Bayern’s pursuit of Haaland has left Lewandowski looking for potential suitors if he decides to move on in the summer.
Manchester United have reportedly asked to be made aware of Lewandowski’s decision. Even at 33 years of age, the Polish striker is going strong and has another two seasons of top-level football left in him. But is Lewandowski the answer to Manchester United’s attacking woes? Perhaps not in the long term.
The Red Devils have signed a series of ageing strikers since Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and that hasn’t helped their cause. A young and promising forward, who can lead the line for years to come, would be much better suited for United. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani are in the final phase of their respective careers, with the latter likely to depart in the summer as well.
The signing of Lewandowski will provide them with at least a year of consistent goal-scoring, but they will be left scratching their heads for yet another centre-forward signing after that. So it would be better for the Red Devils to let this pass, leaving the Polish international for other interested parties.