Borussia Dortmund have signaled their intent to keep hold of striker Robert Lewandowski for the remainder of the season, but Manchester United could move for the Poland international next summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Lewandowski has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and United are even reported to have approached Dortmund about a transfer in the summer. Speculation of late has suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson could make a bid during the January transfer window.
But Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed such talk.
"I'm not afraid he will leave," Klopp said, according to ESPN. "Manchester United are one of many teams showing interest in him. But the fact remains the contract is with us.
"The time when big, rich English clubs tried to take our players from Germany, thank God, is over. In the second half of the season he'll be with us."
The Telegraph states, though, that United are willing to bide their time before launching a bid for the 24-year-old. While Dortmund value the player at €30 million (£24.3m), the fact that Lewandowski’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2014 means that United believe they can procure him next summer for a similar figure to the £17 million they paid the Bundesliga side for Shinji Kagawa in June.
Recent reports suggest that United will also be contacting Dortmund over the potential signing of midfielder Mario Gotze.
The Daily Express claims that United are ready to begin negotiations for the highly-rated 20-year-old. The Germany international has previously been linked to Arsenal, although he signed a new long-term deal earlier this year.
The speculation comes amid a report in the Daily Star that Manchester United have ended their interest in Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.
It appears increasingly likely that the Netherlands international will be leaving the Italian giants as he has refused to agree to a reduction in his wages and been frozen out of the first team.
United were close to completing a deal for Sneijder in the summer of 2011 and recent reports have suggested that Ferguson may rekindle his interest in January.
The Star, though, claims that Ferguson has no plans to sign the 28-year-old, leaving the way clear for fellow reported suitors Manchester City.
Another player whose chances of a transfer to United have been dismissed is Everton’s Leighton Baines. The England international left-back was said to have been a major target for Ferguson in the summer and would be again in January.
The 27-year-old has claimed that he is not thinking about leaving Goodison Park, despite recent claims on Twitter.
"I'm not that into Twitter but I would say not to be worried," Baines told Sky Sports News.
"There have been a few windows and a few rumors and there's nothing to worry about.
"There are a lot of lads here who have been at the club for a long time now and we want to bring it not just for ourselves and our own ambitions but for the other people at the club, the manager, the chairman, the fans.
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