WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

26/04/2013 07:33

Papers: Pole position?

Jeremy Cross and Duncan Wright write in the Daily Star...

Lewandowski to snub Bayern for United
Robert Lewandowski is willing to snub Bayern Munich to land a dream move to Manchester United this summer. The Poland and Borussia Dortmund striker is one of the hottest properties in Europe and enhanced his reputation with a four-goal salvo against Real Madrid on Wednesday. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been tracking the 24-year-old since last summer, as Starsport exclusively revealed. Fergie sent scouts to watch him again this week as Lewandowski ripped Real apart in the first leg of the Champion League semi-final in Dortmund. Lewandowski, who has no get-out clause in his current contract, has refused to sign a new deal with the German champions and has agreed a deal in principle with Bayern. But it is understood Dortmund bosses are loathe to let him join their main rivals so soon after allowing Mario Gotze to join Bayern in a £31m deal. Gotze has become a pariah with Dortmund fans and Lewandowski fears similar treatment if he follows his team-mate to the Allianz Arena. He has told friends his heart is set on coming to the Premier League and that United are his No.1 choice ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Plenty of other papers comment on the Lewandowski rumours today including The Sun, whose writers Neil Custis and Antony Kastrinaiks have combined to claim the Reds “must put together a £38million package to land the Polish ace”. Meanwhile, The Telegraph also features a quote from the striker’s agent, Maik Barthel, who says: “We have reached an agreement with a club and intend [him] to move this summer.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail speculates that Rio Ferdinand will be named in the PFA team of the year, which will be announced on Sunday evening.

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