Old Lady eye up Pole.
Juventus are set to step up their interest in Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski after reports in Italy claim their sporting director will watch him in action for Poland against England.
Lewandowski has been chased by a number of top European clubs after scoring 30 goals last season which helped Borussia Dortmund win the league and cup double.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old but he will need to move quickly if he is to bring him to Old Trafford.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is set to fly out to Warsaw on Tuesday night and see the striker in action.
The Polish striker appears to be one of the major targets for the Italian champions when the transfer window re-opens in January and if he impresses Paratici, they could even make a move in the near future.
talkSPORT recently revealed how Dortmund have lined up Polish wonderkid Arkadiusz Milik as a potential replacement for Lewandowski.
Strikers Juventus have been linked with: Robin van Persie (before Man United switch), Dimitar Berbatov (before Fulham switch), Luis Suarez, Edin Dzeko, Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez.
Strikers Juventus have actually signed: Nicklas Bendtner (on loan from Arsenal).
Forgive us for being cynical but we can’t take this story linking Juve with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski seriously. The Old Lady are reportedly keen to land the £20m-rated 24-year-old, who has established himself as one of the most deadly marksmen in Europe with his performances in the Bundesliga in the past 12 months.
Juve have tried – and failed – to sign a number of big-name strikers since the departure of club legend Alessandro Del Piero but, after well-publicised pursuits of van Persie, Suarez, Llorente and Dzeko, they ended up with Arsenal’s Bendtner on loan. The Dane reportedly turned up overweight and unfit, much to the dismay of Juve officials, and has barely featured for the Old Lady.
Powerful and skilful would undoubtedly be a good fit for Juve but the Poland international is valued upwards of £20m and it is hard to see the Turin outfit splashing out, give their other high profile failures in the transfer market.
It is also hard to see United making their obvious interest in Lewandowski concrete. Sir Alex Ferguson currently has more strikers than he knows what to do with and there is talk of using Wayne Rooney in midfield to fellow forwards accomdate van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
While there was definite interest from Old Trafford in the Borussia Dortmund striker at the start of the summer, United must now prioritise their defence and midfield, meaning the Polish goal-machine could move elsewhere. We doubt it’ll be Juve though.
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