Manchester United are prepared to wait until the end of the season before making a renewed bid for Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski after the German champions placed a €30m valuation on the Poland international.
United made a formal inquiry for the 24 year-old during the summer, but were told by Dortmund that the player, who has scored nine goals in the Bundesliga this season, would not be allowed to follow Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Signal Iduna Park to Old Trafford.
Lewandowski, who could face Manchester City in Tuesday night's Champions League group tie in Germany, has told Dortmund that he has no intention of signing a new contract to replace his deal which expires in June 2014.
The Pole has also made it clear that he wants to play in the Premier League and favours a move to United, who will face competition from
As revealed by Telegraph Sport on Oct 3, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan watched Lewandowski during Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season and Ferguson’s interest in the player remains strong.
Despite Dortmund’s valuation of the former Lech Poznan striker, United are confident that Lewandowski’s diminishing contract will enable them to secure him for a figure similar to the £17?million paid for Kagawa this summer.
With Portuguese winger Nani set to be sold either next month or at the end of the season, Lewandowski has been identified as a replacement because of his ability to play as a right-sided forward as well as a central striker.
Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said: “ Manchester United are in a long line with other top European clubs, but gone are the days when German clubs would sell immediately if they had offers from England. I have no fears that we will lose him and I have a good feeling that he will continue with us.”
By Mark Ogden Telegraph.co.uk