According to a report yesterday from the MailOnline, German footballing legend Lothar Matthaus dropped a bombshell on Manchester United, when he confirmed that Bayern Munich are close to signing forward, and United target Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
That follows recent reports in German that have claimed the 24-year-old would become Pep Guardiola’s first signings at the club in the summer, robbing Sir Alex of one target they have been perpetually linked with since the summer.
Dortmund have continually denied that they have agreed to sell Lewandowski, but Matthaus’ comments to Sky Bundesliga appear to have fueled further speculation that he will leave:
“I was on the road this week. I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided.
“Lewandowski’s contract runs out in 2014 and Dortmund will only get a fee in 2013 – surely a high fee. I heard it was something between £20m-£25m, otherwise he will go to Bayern for free next year.”
Matthaus also explained that he felt the Polish international would serve Guardiola’s plan of action for Munich better than striker Mario Gomez:
“I think he is a player that fits more into the system of Guardiola than Gomez. He showed Guardiola last week in Leverkusen how a forward is not only an attacker but also drops deeper.”
It is certainly true that Lewandowski could well suit Guardiola’s plan better than Gomez, but that doesn’t hide from the fact that the Polish player should be heading to the Premier League, and to potential future glory with Manchester United. At United, Lewandowski would have the opportunity to play with Robin Van Persie, who has already enjoyed an incredible first season at Old Trafford and who would thrive even more with Lewandowski linking up with him.
Yes, in Munich, Lewandowski could win the German league, and have another good run in the Champions League, but even with Guardiola in charge, are the German giants really assured of immediate glory under their new boss? In the current context, such a suggestion might seem ridiculous considering how well they are doing in the league, but Munich have decided to rebuild next season by bringing in Guardiola, and his own rigorous tactical agenda might well destabilise the Champions elect.
At Barcelona, Guardiola had a team of talents he was familiar with, who had grown up with the team for the most part and who were very much Barcelona men through and through – but there is a much more positive culture of internal nurturing at Barcelona than there is Munich. Guardiola will effectively be tasked with managing a team of Galacticos, rather than one of local heroes, and if he attempts to stamp his identity on a team who are currently 15 points ahead in the league, the players might rail against his influence.
At this stage in his career Lewandowski would be better suited to a more stable environment, and the opportunity to work with Sir Alex Ferguson and become the focal point of the team – finally taking over Paul Scholes role – should have been big enough to entice him to United.
Unfortunately now it looks like he has turned his back on that opportunity.
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This article was first posted on February 11, 2013