With Radamel Falcao off to Chelsea and Robin Van Persie sold to Fenerbahce, Manchester United are now in the transfer market looking for a striker, and this fact has been admitted by their Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal. While it is certain that Wayne Rooney will be used upfront much more regularly this season, it is common knowledge that the Red Devils need a consistent striker to be able to mount a credible challenge to the likes of Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal. Enter Robert Lewandowski, maybe.
The Polish front man had impressed for Bayern Munich last season since coming on from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer with his average WhoScore rating for the season being 7.54 which is only bettered by Robben and Ribery among all the Bayern players. He was also, Bundesliga’s 3rd highest goal scorer, with his total goal tally being higher than that of any United player in the 2014-15 season.
And so, for obvious reasons, United have been linked to the Bavarian forward. Interestingly, Karl-Heinze Rummenigge, Bayern’s CEO had said after the Schweinsteiger deal that Munich would not sell any more of their key players, but almost immediately, Lewandsoki’s agent publicly announced if the price is right, a move could materialize (50 million euros according to their estimate). The thing is, the price asked for is completely affordable, if the English outfit would be interested in a Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain, they would certainly have to pay much, much more. “Bayern would have to think about why they would get rid of Robert Lewandowski”, said Cezary Kucharski, his agent, “It seems to me that there is no reason to even think about it.” So basically, on one hand, he warns that his client will be prohibitively expensive and would require a lot of persuasion to force him to move, and on the other, he spells out a pretty decent price. Confusing certainly.
Lewandowski would be a smart buy
With the talent and creativity at LVG’s disposal, Lewandowski would certainly thrive. He has the ability to take shots and test the goalkeeper, and that is something both van Persie and Falcao lacked. And he isn’t just a “fox in the box”, he averages 1.6 successful dribbles per league game, which is very impressive to say the least. Moreover, he also has the tendency to take a long distance pile driver every now and then, which is another asset in his game. On top of all this, the former Borussia Dortmund striker drops deep during the game trying to look for the ball, something that would also suit the Van Gaal’s patient buildup approach. Add to this the fact that he is only 26 years old having enjoyed 4 very good seasons at a very good league, and you look at someone who could potentially be the focal point of a team that is looking to regain its fear factor.
When all is said and done, though, it does not make any sense on Bayern’s part to sell him. All their youth prospects and rumored transfer targets are either midfielders or wingers, so they lack a ready replacement for him. The only way this transfer would be a reality is if his relationship with their manager Pep Guardiola has soured for some reason, because of the fact that he isn’t exactly the kind of Centre Forward you would associate the former Barcelona gaffer with.
However, if Lewandowski does leave, as reports suggest, United would be wise to do all they can to convince the Bayern ace that he is the final piece of the puzzle and that his future, does in fact, lie at Old Trafford.