Robert Lewandowski is a striker in high demand. Last season he helped fire Borussia Dortmund to a league and cup double, before scoring the opening goal of Euro 2012 for Poland.
The powerful forward scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, including a hat-trick in front of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the German Cup Final against Bayern Munich.
His opening goal against Greece last Friday sent the gossip columns into overdrive as Poland manager Franciszeck Smuda claimed that Lewandowski would be playing for Manchester United next season.
Ferguson has already raided Dortmund for Shinji Kagawa and if Smuda is to be believed then he could be joined by Lewandowski who would certainly be a top class replacement for Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen.
The duo were both merely onlookers last season as Ferguson chose to rely on the goal-scoring trio of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
Rooney was in prolific form last year as he fired in 27 league goals but it was the strength in depth of Manchester City that perhaps proved the difference when it came down to crunch time.
The trio of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli combined to score 50 Premier League goals last season. City could also call upon a returning Carlos Tevez at the end of the campaign and, despite only scoring four more goals than United, they finished with an impressive quartet of forwards all vying for a starting berth.
Ferguson appeared to lose faith in Berbatov, Owen never seemed an option and even Hernandez found his game time limited as Ferguson attempted to win yet another Premier League trophy.
So should United make sure they land Lewandowski in the summer transfer window? The 23-year-old would provide a very different option for Ferguson with his sheer size and physicality making him a handful for even the most powerfully built defender.
United also have the wingers to help Lewandowsi profit from balls into the box. As well as superb delivery from Nani and Ashley Young, they possess possibly the finest right-winger in the Premier League in Antonio Valencia, a man that provides so many opportunities for Rooney.
After a season that was decided on goal difference a forward with the ability of Lewandowski could well have made the difference. If United are to match their bitter rivals then Ferguson may look to raid Dortmund one more time this summer.
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