It seems that any potential move for Robert Lewandowski, who was linked with the club as a potential alternative to Antoine Griezmann, is off the cards, after his agent, Maik Barthel, told ESPN that the Bayern forward would not be pleased if the rumours were true. He said:
“Does any top player in the world want to be a plan B?”
The Polish striker is one of Europe’s most prolific and scored a penalty for Carlo Ancelotti’s side against Arsenal last night, with it seemingly clear that he has no urgent desire to leave the club anytime soon. With United unlikely to go all out for him, it seems that a move would now be almost impossible.
If he was brought to the club, he would likely be a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic given their similar style, but the club will also be looking for a more imminent replacement as the Swedish centre-forward has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct and is set for a three-match ban. The FA said:
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty… The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”
That ban will see him miss fixtures against Chelsea in the FA Cup, and Middlesbrough and West Brom in the Premier League, though he will still be available for European fixtures against Rostov.
The 35-year-old has been included in the squad that travels to Russia to face their round of 16 opposition in the Europa League, with 20 players travelling. However, the club have confirmed that first team players such as Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw have not traveled.
Both started against Bournemouth at the weekend, in Shaw’s first start in the Premier League since October, with question marks over their futures growing.
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