Reported Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski has said that he will decide his future at the end of the season, after reports that the Borussia Dortmund striker was already in talks with Bayern Munich.
The 24-year-old’s future is in sharp focus, with less than 18 months remaining on his current contract. Lewandowski has hinted that he would welcome a move and Dortmund are unlikely to want to risk losing the player for nothing at the end of his contract.
United are first thought to have expressed an interest in the Poland international last summer, before signing Robin van Persie. Despite the abundance of forward options in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, reports have persisted claiming that Lewandowski will move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Earlier this week, German publication Spiegel claimed that Lewandowski had already agreed in principle to move to Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich, for next season.
But Lewandowski is eager to quash the speculation, telling Sport-Bild weekly that the talk has “to cool off” and that “we’ll talk after the final match of the season and we’ll see.”
Another of Manchester United’s targets for the summer is thought to be Benfica central defender Ezequiel Garay. It has been widely reported of late that United have had the Argentina international watched several times as they seek a successor to Rio Ferdinand. The 34-year-old’s current contract will expire in the summer.
Whether merely an excuse to utilize the “50 shades of Garay” headline, or a genuine story, the Daily Mirror has reported that United will scout the 26-year-old extensively in the next several months to ascertain whether he has what it takes to flourish at Old Trafford.
Garay has been impressive since joining Benfica in 2011, but previously struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid. Lisbon giants Benfica would reportedly countenance a sale in the summer to ease their poor financial situation.
Manchester United may not be afforded the opportunity to sign reported target Frank Lampard on a free transfer this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that Chelsea are now set to offer the midfielder a new contract.
The club had previously said that there would be no new contract put on the table. Several reports had suggested that United boss Ferguson would be keen to snap up the 34-year-old, although there is also thought to be strong interest from the Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain.
But the Mail now reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has had a change of heart and will offer Lampard a new one-year deal.
In other news, it appears that United will have to wait to sign young Ajax striker Viktor Fischer. The 18-year-old is said to have been scouted by United in the past, but now looks set to sign a new contract with the Dutch side.
Fischer is the latest star to have emerged from Ajax’s famed academy and has scored six goals in his first nine Eredivisie appearances. He also made his debut for the full Denmark side in last November’s friendly with Turkey.
Fischer has said that he soon expects to sign a new deal.
“The negotiations are going quite smoothly and I do expect everything to be sorted out soon,” he told Danish Web site Spoten.dk.
"I don't know when it will happen, but I'm sure it will be over very soon."