United left reeling as Bayern set to sign hot shot Lewandowski
Simon Peach, Press Association
13:37 GMT, 10 February 2013
13:58 GMT, 10 February 2013
Manchester United have been left reeling after Lothar Matthaus has said that Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of forward Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
Recent reports in the German media claimed the 24-year-old, whose contract expires next year, was set to become Pep Guardiola’s first recruit upon taking charge at the Allianz Arena in June, meaning United would miss out on the striker.
Despite Dortmund’s continual denials that they have agreed a deal to sell Lewandowski , the legendary midfielder appeared to add fuel to the speculation that he will leave, but stay in Germany.
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'I was on the road this week. I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided,' Matthaus told Sky Bundesliga.
'Lewandowski’s contract runs out in 2014 and Dortmund will only get a fee in 2013 – surely a high fee. I heard it was something between 20m-25m, otherwise he will go to Bayern for free next year.'
Detemrined: Up to now Dortmund have be insistent that he is staying
Matthaus then explained how the Poland international would serve as a better option in Guardiola’s attack than central striker Mario Gomez.
'I think he is a player that fits more into the system of Guardiola than Gomez,' he added.
'He showed Guardiola last week in Leverkusen how a forward is not only an attacker but also drops deeper.'
However, the striker showed his temperamental side after getting sent off for a wild tackle against Hamburg, appearing to have lost his head.