With the transfer window set to shut on Tuesday night, it is looking increasingly likely that Manchester City won’t sign a striker, but Joleon Lescott has tipped them to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already missed out on their top target to replace Sergio Aguero after Harry Kane confirmed he would remain at Tottenham Hotspur, whilst they were also pipped to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by Manchester United last week.
However, they have also been linked with Lewandowski earlier in the transfer window and whilst it would be remarkable if they were to match Bayern’s asking price of over £100m for the forward, who suggested he wanted a new challenge, he would certainly add immense quality to Guardiola’s attack at the Etihad.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Lescott, who played for City 160 times in his career, has suggested that his old side make a late move for the Poland international.
“In terms of City, they’ve got a stronger squad than they had last year. They’ve acquired Jack Grealish, who, for me, is proven at this level and is an exciting talent. When they lost out on Kane and Ronaldo, Pep said there are three players who can choose where they want to play.
“One of them being Messi and one being Ronaldo and there was another. For me, that can only be Lewandowski.
“He’s spoken about wanting to leave and having another challenge, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he came through the door.”
With reports suggesting that the Bundesliga side want as much as £100m for the 33-year-old forward, it is difficult to see City completing a deal for Lewandowski before the window shuts.
However, it does seem risky for Guardiola to go until January without a natural striker in his squad, despite Ferran Torres’ impressive start to the season as a central forward, scoring two in three appearances.
If the Spanish manager were to be reunited with Lewandowski then it would certainly boost their hopes of retaining the Premier League title this season, considering he contributed an incredible 41 goals and seven assists in 29 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Joachim Low dubbed Lewandowski “outstanding” after that impressive season, which saw him break Gerd Muller’s record and with those extraordinary goalscoring antics in mind, Txiki Begiristain should definitely at least test Bayern’s resolve with a bid.
It is difficult to justify spending so much on a 33-year-old but with very few natural forward in their ranks, they should risk it.
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