Manchester United again sent scouts to watch Robert Lewandowski as the Borussia Dortmund striker put Real Madrid to the sword with four goals in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.
Having witnessed such a performance, United will reportedly step up their interest in the Poland international. However, it may already be too late.
Lewandowski has recently been strongly linked to Bayern Munich and the 24-year-old’s agent has now claimed that a deal has already been reached to take the player to an unnamed club this summer.
"We are in agreement with a club and have the right to change this summer,” Maik Barthel told Sport Bild. “All the claims of Dortmund are met."
The comments come after the Spanish agent of Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes, Enrique Reyes, claimed on Spanish radio station Cope Deportes that Lewandowski had already signed for Bayern.
While United have trailed the prolific front man since making an approach last summer, manager Sir Alex Ferguson even recently conceded that Bayern were strongly positioned for his signature.
Lewandowski has revealed that he won’t be extending his contract at Dortmund beyond its current expiration in 2014, yet the Bundesliga club continues to claim that they hope to keep him for next season.
"I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run and we are not the ones to send him away,” Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said, according to Sky Sports.
United may also be set to miss out on another forward target, if reports are to be believed. German publication Bild claimed on Wednesday that Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao is set to move to Chelsea as an enticement to get Jose Mourinho to return to managing the club.
Earlier this month Spanish outlet Marca had reported that United were front-runners to sign the highly-coveted Colombia international.
Falco, though, always appeared an unlikely target for United given his age, 27, and the fact that he looks set to cost up to £50 million.
One of Manchester United’s priorities in the transfer market this summer could well be to finally sign a central midfielder, with doubts existing about the futures of Paul Scholes, Anderson and Darren Fletcher.
One man United could move for is Celtic’s Victor Wanyama, who Ferguson has reportedly sent scouts to watch on several occasions. The Kenyan, whose value will have risen considerably after some fine performances in the Champions League, has rejected the offer of a new contract with the Scottish champions.
However, he has claimed that he is happy to remain at the club.
“I've not really spoken to my agent as I have been playing my football and I have not had any thoughts about leaving," Wanyama said, according to BBC Sport.
"I feel like I'm at the right club. I still have a contract at Celtic and I'm happy at the club, so I think I will still be here."
It is claimed by Metro that United now also have their eyes on Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender. With scouts watching his teammate Lewandowski of late, Bender is said to have impressed to the point where United are willing to battle it out with Manchester City for the 24-year-old’s signature.
Bender, a Germany international, has also been linked with Arsenal.