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United get green light to pursue Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund have paved the way for Manchester United to make a summer move for Robert Lewandowski with the German club’s chief executive conceding that ‘economical factors’ will decide the Polish forward’s future. manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who undertook a personal scouting mission to watch the 24 year-old in action against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in October, is likely to face competition from Inter Milan and Arsenal for the striker. Dortmund rejected a bid from United for Lewandowski in August, with the Bundesliga champions currently valuing the former Lech Poznan player at £24.4 million. But with Lewandowski rejecting Dortmund’s attempts to extend his current contract, which expires in June 2014, Borussia chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that a decision will be made on his future at the end of the season. “We will have to make decisions in this case at the end of the season.” Watzke said. “We may decide on economical factors. “Would it be best to cash in a big fee? Or would it be even better to keep Lewandowski to ensure we are more likely to qualify for the Champions League with him in our side, as this would guarantee us big income?”
In The Mirror, Bryan Robson says Tom Cleverley has come of age and proved he is ready to assume the mantle as United's midfield maestro. "For me, last Sunday can be a big factor in Tom's game and his future. The way he controlled the midfield shows he can have a big impact at that level.”
Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand features in most of today’s papers after the Reds defender slammed UEFA after Serbia were fined a paltry £65,000 fine for their violent racism shame.