Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Manchester United Transfer News: Berbatov Swap for Lewandowski?

Robert Lewandowski
Speculation today links Manchester United with a swap deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski with Dimitar Berbatov going to the German side as part of the deal.

The Manchester Evening News’ report – which appears to be educated guesswork – claims that the clock is ticking before Lewandowski puts himself on a bigger stage as part of Poland’s Euro 2012 squad.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson watched the 23-year-old score a hat-trick as Dortmund defeated Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German Cup Final last weekend to complete their first ever league and cup double. There has already been an enquiry about Lewandowski from Old Trafford, according to his agent Maik Barthel, after Lewandowski turned down Dortmund’s initial terms of a new deal.
“I can confirm that the new contract offer of Borussia Dortmund is insufficient,” he told German newspaper Bild. last week.

“I am also able to confirm an interest of Manchester United in the services of Robert Lewandowski.”

However, the MEN claims today that United may offer Berbatov to Dortmund as part of a deal to land Lewandowski. The 31-year-old Bulgarian told a Bulgarian TV station on Sunday that he will have to leave United in order to play first-team football. However, Dortmund were one of three German sides – along with Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen – to be linked with Berbatov during the January transfer window and they may be open to a swap deal involving the Bulgarian.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already stated that Berbatov will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford unless United receive what they regard as their full valuation of the player, believed to be around £6-8million. Equally, Dortmund will expect to receive what they regard as their valuation of Lewandowski. The German side have put a 20million (£16million) valuation on Lewandowski’s team-mate Shinji Kagawa – also a target for United – and can be expected to demand a similar amount for Lewandowski.

The Pole scored 30 goals for Dortmund this season. He moved to the German side in a 4.5million euro transfer from Polish club Lech Poznzn in 2010 and, like Kagawa, has won the Bundesliga title in both his seasons with the club.

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