Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski favors a move to Manchester United over fellow-suitors Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Lewandowski, 24, has just over a year left on his current contract and has already signaled his intention not to extend his deal. It is widely believed that Dortmund will cash-in on the Poland international this summer rather than lose him for nothing the following year.
The newly crowned Premier League champions are reported to have had a bid rejected for Lewandowski last summer before turning their attentions to Robin van Persie.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently suggested that Bayern Munich were now in prime position to complete the transfer, but also confirmed that his interest in the player remains.
“Yeah, but Bayern Munich are strong with that too,” he said, according to Goal.com. “We just have to wait and see where we are in terms of if we win the league. Then it may be different."
The Telegraph, though, reports that Lewandowski would prefer a move to the Premier League and favors Old Trafford over Arsenal and Chelsea, which are also claimed to hold an interest in the former Lech Poznan man.
Yet, it is also stated that Lewandowski will wait to decide his future until discovering what happens with current United forwards Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.
Rooney, who will enter the final two years of his contract this summer, has been linked with an exit since being left out of the Champions League second-leg meeting with Real Madrid.
Mexico international Hernandez, meanwhile, has been the subject of reports claiming that he is unhappy at primarily being used as a substitute.
Suggesting that he is eager for Hernandez to stay, Ferguson has recently commended the 24-year-old’s part in the side’s success this season.
“I hope he [Hernandez] feels he has made a contribution because we all feel he has done that,” Ferguson said, reports the Telegraph. “He has scored me 16 goals this season, his enthusiasm is always there and there is no reason to think that this isn’t the place for him.”
In addition to Lewandowski, another of United’s prime targets ahead of next season is thought to be Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.
With Rio Ferdinand yet to sign an extension to his contract, which expires this summer, and doubts about the fitness of Nemanja Vidic, Garay has been cited as a £15 million target.
There could be competition for the Argentinian center-back’s signature, however, with Portuguese publication O Jogo recently reporting that Real Madrid are considering bringing Garay back to the Bernabeu.
Garay, 26, spent three largely unsuccessful years with Madrid between 2008 and 2011, which also included a loan spell at Racing Santander.
And United are also thought to be looking to Portugal for young Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma. TalkSport reports that United have become the latest club to be linked with the 18-year-old, who is also said to have been monitored by Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Bruma, a Portugal Under-19 international, only made his debut for Sporting in February but could be valued at around £4 million.
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