Manchester City could turn their attention to signing Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer, with the Polish forward reportedly keen on a new challenge.
Pep Guardiola’s side were linked with the 32-year-old earlier in the transfer window, but in recent months, attention has very much been on a potential deal for Spurs striker Harry Kane.
However, with Daniel Levy seemingly set to reject all of City’s advances after a £125m bid was recently turned down, City may have to look elsewhere if they want to bring in a top-quality striker before the window shuts later this month.
It now seems as if a move for Lewandowski could well be on the table for City after it was widely reported that he has told Bayern Munich that he wants a new challenge this summer, although the German champions are reportedly set to demand as much as £100m for their talismanic forward.
For £100m, City would probably be best avoiding Lewandowski, as there is no guarantee that he will maintain his current form as he approaches the latter stages of his career, with the forward turning 33 later this month.
However, if City could negotiate a lower price lower, then they would be getting one of the best strikers – if not the best – in world football at the moment, and he would certainly add the goalscoring instinct that Guardiola’s side currently lack following Sergio Aguero’s exit earlier this summer.
Last season saw the former Borussia Dortmund man contribute a remarkable 41 goals and seven assists in just 29 Bundesliga appearances, earning a superb 8.07 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
The forward has excelled on Guardiola’s watch in the past, scoring 67 goals in 100 appearances under the Spaniard at Bayern, whilst Ilkay Gundogan – who played with him at Dortmund – also labelled him “phenomenal“.
Given that City have failed to score in their opening two fixtures of the new campaign, the need for a clinical striker is clear to see this season. If a move for Kane proves to be impossible, then Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider bringing Lewandowski to the Etihad Stadium.
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