“I would like two more players. I don’t think I’m going to have two,” Jose Mourinho said this week. “I think it’s possible I’m going to have one. “I gave my club a list of five names a few months ago. I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”
It’s not been the Summer of Love for Manchester United fans. A tepid pre-season campaign has been combined with relatively transfer mundanity. Moves for defenders Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, from Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, are still up in the air with the deadline moving ever closer, and rumours for Chelsea’s Willian coming up to Old Trafford have petered out.
It is an old story however which has has reared its head once again, which may prick up the ears of many a Red Devil, but must be greeted universally a healthy dollop of incredulity by the sensible reader; for the time being at least.
The Daily Star has audaciously claimed that the most successful club in England will part company with around £500,000 a week to obtain the services of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski upon the completion of a £70million to bring him from Germany to the 20-time English champions.
That amount of money would put him on par with United’s highest earner, former-Gunner Alexis Sanchez and incredibly mean that United will be paying a million a week for just two players, as well as undoubtedly encouraging other key players within the squad to demand their own substantial rise.
United’s failure to play attractive, goal-minded football was a frequent source of criticism- particularly in reflection with their neighbours Manchester City- last season, and moves to rectify this haven’t exactly hit the ground running.
A move for Robert Lewandowski would certainly encourage a substantial amount of observers that the goals will start to flow over the next several seasons.
Lewandowski has been at the Allianz for just over four years, after incredibly leaving Munich’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.
He currently earns around £300,000 a week in Germany, and has returned 151 goals for the Bavarians in 195 appearances for the club.
Though he will turn 30 mere weeks into the next campaign, he is in the oft-regarded period of career peak. He has just helped Munich secure their sixth successive title- his fourth with the club- and the general thought that there is precious else to achieve, particularly combined with the recent managerial merry-go-round that has inflected the club.
Lewandowski is also coming off the back of a wholly disappointing World Cup campaign with the Poland national team, and has long expressed his leave Munich.
Knowing that the deadline for English clubs in the transfer window is due to expire soon, Lewandowski realises this is his final few weeks to push through a move.
Ultimately, after paying £75million for Romelu Lukaku last year- an attacker who did in fact have a stellar campaign- it is unlikely that a move for Lewandowski from Manchester United will come into fruition, as that would virtually mean the imposing Belgian’s removal from his favoured, and natural, position to accommodate.
Lewandowski has however proved himself time and time again to be able to perform at the very highest level, and whichever club does procure him will to securing one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe.
Though a move to Real Madrid doesn’t appear to have gained any traction than what was initially reported before the window opened, with the coffers obtained from Los Blancos’ sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, and a certain attacking space opening up, it would be the biggest pessimist who would write off a move for Lewandowski to the Spanish capital completely in the near future.