As Wayne Rooney gets set to depart Old Trafford for PSG, Manchester United prepare to replace him with Robert Lewandowski
Reported Communication between the newly crowned French champions and Rooney’s agent appear to have attracted the player to the prospect of a move to Paris.
Manchester United have already declined a transfer request by the player, who has evidently been unsettled at United this season, most notably after being left on the bench against Real Madrid in the Champions League. It appears it is down to David Moyes, who replaces Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout, to convince the versatile forward to stay.
Moyes will have to work hard to repair a strained relationship between the two men, as the Scot successfully sued Rooney for libel after claims about his management of young players in the player’s 2006 autobiography “My Story So Far”.
The two had worked together before at Everton until young forward left in 2004 to join Man United, and Moyes is keen to once again have Rooney’s abilities at his disposal.
Yet should Moyes fail to convince the wantaway striker ro remain at the club, PSG appear to be the most likely suitors, with rumours of an impressive £100m having been set aside to ensure the 27 year old’s signing.
United have apparently set their eyes on Polish international Robert Lewandowski as their immediate replacement for Rooney.
Lewandowski had already been linked to United last summer after impressing at Euro 2012, and cemented his place as Europe’s most coveted striker with his Champions League semi-final first leg heroics. The talented poacher scored all four of Borussia Dortmund’s goals against Real Madrid, giving last season’s Bundesliga champion what proved to be an unassailable aggregate advantage which saw them progress to the final.
Despite United’s apparent interest, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to keep Lewandowski at the club, having already lost star midfielder Mario Götze to their Champions League opponents, and Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
“There is no topic on Lewandowski’s transfer right now,” Klopp is quoted as saying on ESPN “My conclusion is that Robert is not leaving Borussia. He will play here for the next season.”