Robert Lewandowski’s phone call with Sir Alex Ferguson amid fresh Man Utd transfer links

Robert Lewandowski’s future is shrouded in uncertainty due to his contract situation at Bayern Munich and Manchester United have once again been linked with interest regarding a transfer

Robert Lewandowski is back on Manchester United ‘s radar amid talk of an unlikely transfer, according to reports.

Fresh from breaking yet another record in the Champions League on Tuesday by scoring a rapid hat-trick against Red Bull Salzburg, the Bayern Munich superstar has once again been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Lewandowski, who joined Bayern on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund eight years ago, is said to fancy a new challenge in the twilight of his career and is keen on testing himself in the Premier League.

The striker’s deal in Bavaria expires in less than 18 months’ time, meaning Bayern would need to cash in this summer in order to recoup a significant fee and plan for a future without him.

Lewandowski has already been in contact with the Red Devils – albeit when things were different at Old Trafford.

Before Sir Alex Ferguson signed Robin van Persie in 2012, the legendary manager spoke to the up-and-coming marksman while he was still starring for Dortmund

“I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund didn’t want to let me go.

“It didn’t upset me more than that because things were going well with Borussia.”

United have been linked with signing a striker in the summer window, with Cristiano Ronaldo potentially leaving and Edinson Cavani ‘s time in Manchester almost certainly coming to an end.

Chief reporter for German outlet Sportbild, Christian Falk, has become the latest to claim that the Red Devils are interested in Lewandowski and monitoring his contract situation in Bavaria.

And although he turns 34 at the beginning of next season, the Poland captain’s unstoppable form over the past few years for club and country proves that he has plenty left in the tank – particularly thanks to his well-documented physical condition.

Lewandowski’s predicament mirrors that of Thiago Alcantara ‘s in 2020, which saw the midfielder ultimately leave for Liverpool in a £20million transfer rather than staying in Munich to see out his contract.

United interim Ralf Rangnick even name-dropped the 2021 Ballon d’Or runner-up in his first press conference, joking about who the Red Devils could buy in the January transfer window thanks to his connections in Germany.

However, Lewandowski’s relationship with Pep Guardiola, the manager who brought him to Bayern in 2014, could put a spanner in the works for the Red Devils.

The Manchester City boss has labelled the Pole ‘the best professional he has ever worked with’ and Lewandowski has frequently returned the compliment, with the pair even meeting at Poland’s training camp in Spain last November.

Ferguson spoke to Lewandowski in 2012

Guardiola’s desire for a striker is no secret, and bringing a trusted lieutenant to City for his final years at the Etihad in a short-term play would hardly be a surprise.

The cost of a transfer would seemingly be cheaper than signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland too, the latter of which Bayern have been linked with as Lewandowski’s heir at the Allianz Arena.

But the Bundesliga giants have been warned by club legend Stefan Effenberg that failing to offer Lewandowski a new deal would be “the worst decision in the club’s history.”

Meanwhile, sporting director Hasan Salihamdizic has admitted that the Bavarians would likely need to break a rule regarding player contracts if they were tie Lewandowski down to fresh terms.

“We want to extend — now it’s about the length of the contract,” Salihamdizic stated. “Because we have the rule that we always sign one-year contracts with players over 31. In that case it’s not so easy.”

While a lot has changed in the world of United during the decade since Ferguson picked up the phone, their interest in Lewandowski from the glory days appears to have stuck around.