A bevy of young stars from the Italian and German leagues have caught Manchester United’s eye, but so far few have been receptive to the club's overtures.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side are fresh off handily clinching their 20th English title, but hope to extend that record next season by poaching the Serie A and Bundesliga for top talent.
Their first mark could be Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, and the Polish 24-year-old may have upped his asking price after firing off four goals in the first leg of Dortmund’s 4-1 Champions League semifinal victory over Real Madrid.
The Red Devils are reportedly interested enough in Lewandowski to the tune of a £25 million offer, but he is more intrigued by a 160,000-a-week five-year deal with Bayern Munich and a longer stay in Germany, according to The Sun.
The leading scorer in Bundesliga has already been amongst the top names in transfer speculation, but could further increase the value of his next contract when Dortmund face Bayern in the Champions League finals later this month. Since 2010, Lewandowski has scored 53 goals in 94 appearances for Dortmund.
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United could also lose out on highly coveted Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna to Bayern. Liverpool also has eyes for the defender, though Torino has said in the past they are hesitant to part with the Italian national, according to Talk Sport. Bayern have apparently shown interest, along with AC Milan.
The Red Devils have been tied to Ogbonna since last September, and back in April the club reportedly scouted him during Torino’s 2-1 victory over Roma, but Ogbonna stated then that he was not thinking about his future, but rather the task at hand.
The Express reported that Juventus's Claudio Marchisio is also on Ferguson’s radar, but the midfielder went on record to say he prefers the Bundesliga to the Premier League. Marchisio said German fans do not leave games even when the club is way behind.
That same report points out Juventus is in the market for a new striker, and selling Marchisio to the highest bidder, rather than adhering to the player’s wishes, would better serve that purpose.
Marchisio’s value has been pegged at £27.5 million, and he is under contract until 2016. Manchester United could put together a package of as much as £21 million.