Bayern Munich isn’t waiting until the summer to iron out a deal for rising striker Robert Lewandowski.
The Borussia Dortmund goal machine has become the target of several top tier clubs, but his desire to stay in Germany and move to Bayern is evident, and the two cubs have reportedly drawn up a deal before their Champions League final on May 25, according to The Daily Mail.
That same report points out that Dortmund at first wouldn’t allow another star to slip off to Munich, and wanted Lewandowski to play out the final year of his contract. Dortmund and Munich had previously worked out a deal to send midfielder Mario Gotze to Bayern.
The situation is different with Lewandowski. The 24-year-old with 10 Champions League goals this season has expressed his wish to play at the Allianz, and Dortmund conceded, provided the move is on “their terms.”
Manchester United are Bayern’s main competitor for Lewandowski’s services, but the Bundesliga titans are expected to meet Dortmund’s demands of £21 million by the Wednesday deadline.
Despite stealing Lewandowski for relative peanuts, United and Bayern could be in talks for frustrated English hero forward Wayne Rooney, as reported by the Mirror.
With a possible £30 million deal on the table, Rooney would welcome the move as soon-to-retire manager Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the player’s fitness on multiple occasions.
Rooney is also intrigued to join a team that is poised to dominate Europe, especially with the addition of Lewandowski, and to play for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
The Red Devils just named David Moyes as Ferguson’s replacement, and the former Everton coach was the first to sign Rooney to a professional contract. That could be a factor in Rooney’s decision to leave or stay, along with the 10 seasons of memories at Old Trafford.
Bayern could also swipe Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna from United and Liverpool this summer, according to TalkSport.
The 24-year-old Italy native is under contract until 2016, and his market value has been pegged at over £10 million.
As if adding Rooney and Lewandowski weren’t enough, Bayern were reportedly in play for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. However, the Uruguayan was seen as a back up should United somehow top Munich’s offer for Lewandowski, as reported by the Telegraph.
Suarez served a 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic earlier this season, and has reportedly said he would rather head to La Liga over Bundesliga should he leave, but the idea of playing for Guardiola also intrigues him.
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