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Saturday 23 September 2017

Lewandowski on Ferguson's radar

Mark Ogden

Manchester United are monitoring Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski ahead of a potential summer move amid uncertainty over the Old Trafford futures of Nani and Javier Hernandez.

United boss Alex Ferguson will be at the Etihad Stadium tonight when Poland ace Lewandowski is due to play for the German champions against Manchester City in the Champions League Group D tie.

Dortmund were made aware of United's interest in Lewandowski (24) in August, prior to Robin van Persie's £22m transfer from Arsenal.

Chelsea have also actively scouted the former Lech Poznan forward, who has scored 31 goals in 72 league games for Dortmund. Lewandowski has made it clear that he will not sign an extension to his contract, which expires in June 2014, and there is an acceptance in Germany that he will be sold.

United capitalised on Shinji Kagawa's diminishing contract at Dortmund this summer by striking a £17m deal for the Japanese midfielder. And with Dortmund adopting a business model which prevents them paying excessive wages, cashing in on Lewandowski (left) next summer, rather than lose him as a free agent in 2014, is the preferred option.

United have emerged as front-runners to sign the Pole due to the growing doubts over Nani and Hernandez. Nani has yet to agree terms on a new contract, while Hernandez has struggled for form since a fine debut season in 2010-11. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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