The first signing of the David Moyes era at Manchester United has been completed with young Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela arriving for £1 million. But far more money looks set to be spent at Old Trafford this summer. And much of their transfer kitty could yet be directed toward a move for Robert Lewandowski, after the Premier League champions were given renewed hope of landing the Borussia Dortmund striker.
While United pursued a move for Lewandowski last summer, the Poland international has long looked set to join Bayern Munich having agreed personal terms with the Bavarians. But Dortmund insisted earlier this week that they would not be selling another of their key players to their rivals in this close season. While that still leaves open the possibility of Lewandowski moving to Bayern for nothing at the end of his contract next year, the Daily Telegraph believes that the player still intends on leaving this summer even if it is to a club other than the European champions. What’s more, it is said that Dortmund would be prepared to sell Lewandowski to a foreign club for a fee of £25 million.
Yet, Lewandowski believes that he will still be granted his dream move to Bayern. “I do not think this is the final decision,” he said, according to German publication Bild. “I think that will change. He told me I can go now and now it sounds a little different. What counts is what they told me and not what is in the media.”
While a striker is believed to be desired, Moyes priority would appear to be strengthening his midfield. And the Telegraph has also claimed that United have been told that Cesc Fabregas is prepared to leave Barcelona this summer. Moyes is said to be keen to bring the former Arsenal captain back to the Premier League and could now make his move.
However, Fabregas continues to assert that he has no intention of leaving his boyhood club, which he rejoined in 2011. “It has taken a lot for me to get where I am, and I am not thinking about throwing it all away for nothing,” he told radio station Spanish Onda Cero. “If Barcelona said that they didn't want me, that would be another thing -- but what I really want is to triumph at Barcelona. That's been my dream since I was a child. The way in which some people always invent things is fascinating.”
United may have more luck with Fabregas’s Barcelona teammate Thiago Alcantara, who the Red Devils are also believed to be trailing. The 22-year-old has had an €18 million (£15.3m) release clause activated after he failed to make an agreed number of appearances over the past season. And the Daily Mirror has now reported that United have started making moves to bring Thiago to Old Trafford, with chief scout Jim Lawlor said to be working on a deal while at the European Under-21 Championship where the player is representing Spain.
United may also be looking to bring in Monaco’s highly rated midfielder Nampalys Mendy. The 20-year-old helped Monaco gain promotion back to Ligue 1 last season but has shocked the big-spending club by revealing that he won’t be signing a new contract and will instead leave on a free transfer. United could now profit by signing the defensive midfielder, much to the frustration of Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri.
“I do not understand his attitude,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “As soon as I saw him play, I said here is our Makelele. I trusted him and I played him. "I think he will miss out on a great deal. But it's his life, not mine. He has preferred to listen to his brother and agent and not his coach. It's a shame."