Reported Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski is being urged to stay at Borussia Dortmund by teammate Roman Weidenfeller.
It has already been revealed that Lewandowski will not be extending his contract with the Bundesliga champions, which is set to expire in 2014. There has been strong speculation that the Polish striker will depart as early as this summer, however, when Dortmund can still receive a transfer fee.
United were first interested in the player last summer before eventually signing Robin van Persie, but there has been speculation that Sir Alex Ferguson remains keen on the 24-year-old. Recent reports, though, have claimed that Bayern Munich were in advanced negotiations with the player.
But Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller is eager for Lewandowski to stay.
“Of course we joke around when we are in different cities in Europe,” he said, according to the Sun. “We make jokes about his next destination but we’re just joking. Honestly, we would like to keep him here.
“Lewandowski is not only technical, he’s also very quick and has a feeling for goals, so whenever there’s a chance he senses it. Every club would be happy to have a player like him.
“The best place for Lewandowski is here in Dortmund and we hope to keep him. He grew to become a big player here and he belongs to this team.
Lewandowski is not the only striker to be linked to Manchester United, with the club also interested in Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, reports the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old has been a major success since moving from Trabzonspor last summer and is the joint-second top scorer in the Champions League with eight goals. That form is said to have attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as United, and manager Fatih Terim admits it will be difficult to keep the Turkey international.
“It’s not going to be easy to keep him,” Terim said, according to the Daily Mail.
“He has targets but it will be his decision. Being wanted is a good thing, but we are fond of him and believe he will do great things for us in the future.”
There continues to be speculation that space could be made for a new striker at Old Trafford by the departure of Wayne Rooney. Since the forward was left out of Manchester United’s team for the second leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid, reports have suggested that the club will look to sell the 27-year-old in the summer.
Paris Saint-Germain, with their abundant wealth, have been the club strongest linked with a move and their current star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has encouraged Rooney to join him in the French capital.
“If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for,” the Swedish international said, according to Sky Sports.
"Only he knows the decision he is going to make in the summer but the project we are trying to build here is clear.
"We are not content with being the dominant force in France, we want to be the top club in Europe as well.
"I can understand why the owners are interested in Rooney -- he is in the top 10 of strikers in Europe."
In other news, TalkSport claims that Manchester United are monitoring Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. The 24-year-old joint the Portuguese club from Chelsea two years ago and has become a first-team regular, while also representing Serbia at international level.