Robert Lewandowski is set for an £18 million move to Manchester United according to German Newspaper Bild.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has long attracted interest from Sir Alex Ferguson and is expected to complete his transfer to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
This deal presents very exciting news for all United fans, including myself, but does the club really need another striker?
In my opinion, the Red Devils already have four World class strikers under contract at the club. Both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie’s reputations speak for themselves. Whilst Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are both capable of scoring 20+ goals a season when given plenty of playing time.
With a contract reportedly worth £20.5 million split over 5 years, is Lewandowski really worth the pay-out as a fifth striker? Arguably he would be more clinical than both Welbeck and Chicharito, however he is unproven in the English Premier Division.
In reality, Lewandowski would most likely start above the aforementioned players. Having scored 40 goals in 83 games for Dortmund, Poland’s star man would form one of Europe’s most potent attacking forces by linking up with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie
Furthermore, we have to consider future seasons with this transfer in mind. Sir Alex Ferguson is renowned for forward thinking and RVP’s age may have been an important reason for this transfer. Despite only being 29, Sir Alex may already be preparing a replacement for the Dutch striker. Especially considering his history of injury problems – these could become more frequent as he reaches the latter stages of his career.
I would love to hear other fans views on this news story. Obviously no deal has been set in stone as we’ve had no official statement from either club confirming the transfer but we can still speculate.
Please feel free to comment with your thoughts and opinions.