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07/02/2013 09:33

Papers: Competing for Pole

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph...

United fight Bayern to sign Lewandowski
Manchester United manager Ferguson has maintained an interest in Robert Lewandowski since identifying the Pole as an alternative to Robin van Persie last summer. Ferguson and assistant manager Mike Phelan watched Lewandowski in action for the German champions against Manchester City earlier this season, with Jurgen Klopp, the Dortmund coach, admitting that United are keen to sign the striker. Guardiola’s appointment as Bayern manager from the end of this campaign has seen the Bundesliga giants emerge as serious contenders for Lewandowki, however. The 24-year-old has made it clear to Dortmund that he will not sign an extension to his contract this summer, forcing the club to decide whether to sell or allow him to leave as a free agent in 2014. United took advantage of a similar contract situation involving Shinji Kagawa last summer to sign the Japanese midfielder from Dortmund.  But while Dortmund remain determined to keep Lewandowski, the club are equally keen to avoid him joining Bayern, who look set to deny Dortmund a hat-trick of titles this season.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claims Atletico Madrid will make a bold request to take David De Gea on loan from the Reds next season as they fear Thibaut Courtois will return to Chelsea once his temporary spell in the Spanish capital ends in June.

Of course, today’s papers are filled with reaction to Wednesday’s international matches with most focusing on England’s 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley, where Wayne Rooney opened the scoring and provided the pass for Frank Lampard’s winning goal.

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