Manchester City have recently been tipped to swoop for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski should a move for Harry Kane fall through this summer, and the experienced Poland international could be an incredible addition to Pep Guardiola’s side.
In an exclusive interview with Football Transfer Tavern, former City defender Steve Howey has tipped Guardiola’s side to consider the 32-year-old as an alternative to Kane this summer, saying:
“I think he would cost less and he’d probably be asking for slightly less in wages as well. I mean, that’s a very good shout.
“They haven’t really got an out-and-out goalscorer like [Sergio] Aguero, that’s what he did. He was just born to score goals, but Lewandowski is born to score goals too.”
City were credited with an interest in the former Borussia Dortmund marksman earlier this summer, but it appears that their attention has switched to Kane, with various reports suggesting that City’s first bid for the England captain was rejected by Spurs.
Although Lewandowski does not have age on his side, he showed no signs of slowing down last season, contributing a remarkable 41 goals and seven assists in just 29 Bundesliga appearances and averaging an incredible 8.07 rating from WhoScored.
Considering that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was City’s top scorer in the Premier League last season with 13 goals, you could argue that they lacked a clinical finisher such as Lewandowski up front, and he could prove to be the difference next season should City reach the latter stages of the Champions League once again.
Although he would be a short-term option, he would be significantly cheaper than Kane, with Transfermarkt currently valuing the Poland striker at £54m, and City could perhaps bring him in for the season before taking advantage of Erling Haaland’s release clause at Borussia Dortmund next summer.
There is no doubting that Lewandowski is a “world-class” centre-forward – in the words of former Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes – while Guardiola is a big fan of his having worked with him at Bayern Munich, so a move for him this summer would make a lot of sense for City if a deal for Kane cannot be completed.