Manchester United would need to pay £35m plus to sign Robert Lewandowski
Manchester United face a bill of at least €50 million (£35m) to prise Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.
United manager Louis van Gaal has identified the Pole as his favoured option to bolster the club’s attacking options following the exits of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie since the end of last season.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger leaving Bayern in a £15m move to Old Trafford this week, Van Gaal accepts that persuading the German champions to sell another leading player will prove hugely difficult.
Lewandowski, 26, has spent just one year at the Allianz Arena following his free transfer arrival from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
And although the player is happy at Bayern, Lewandowski’s representative, Cezary Kucharski, has admitted that the striker’s next move will be to either England or Spain.
Speaking on Polish television, Kucharski said, “I think it would have to be a very high offer, definitely higher than €50m (for Bayern to consider selling.)
“Robert is one of the most valued strikers on the market who guarantees goals, guarantees assists, excitement. He has shown that over many years during his career.
“Every year he is an even better player and plays at a higher level and that is very important for other clubs because he has credibility and guarantees at least 30 goals a season.
“With a player of Robert's class, the truth is that not a lot of work is required because really there are only two directions in which he could go in the future, England or Spain, and only with Bayern Munich's acceptance.”
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson enquired about Lewandowski during his time at Dortmund before instead signing Van Persie from Arsenal.
Lewandowski instead waited to seal a Bosman move to Bayern and Kucharski admits that the player is in no rush to leave Munich.
“There must be a signal from the club, from Munich,” Kucharski said. “There is no such signal so we are not thinking about it, because even thinking about a change of club would be unfair in my opinion to the current employers.
“There is no reason, apart from money to be honest, to even think about it.
“Bayern would have to think about why they would get rid of Robert Lewandowski? It seems to me that there is no reason to even think about it.”