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Lew’s all yours, United
Manchester United can have Robert Lewandowski — as long as they stump up £25.5million. His club Borussia Dortmund have put the blocks on an expected move to European champs Bayern Munich. And that leaves the way open for United to land one of the game’s most in-demand strikers. But United will not be happy at the asking price after being offered Lewandowski for just £18m last season. His value soared following his four-goal heroics against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg. The Pole, 24, who has only a year left on his deal, announced last week he was expecting to move to a ‘club of his choice’ in a matter of days. That was believed to be Bayern but Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer. I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013.”
In more transfer speculation, The Mirror says David Moyes has launched a £15million bid to sign Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara. The tabloid claims United “have made contact with the Alcantara camp, with his father - Brazil hero Mazinho - open to the transfer.”
The Reds are also linked with Cesc Fabregas, a potential move discussed by Denis Irwin in The Times: “Fàbregas has zoomed up United’s transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him,” he is quoted. “He wants out of the Nou Camp and United want him badly so the deal should be done easily enough.”