According to the DailyMail, Manchester United are among a host of top European clubs that have approached Bayern Munich over the signing of Poland international Robert Lewandowski.
The Bundesliga giants are attempting to get their star man to commit to a new deal this summer but Lewandowski has doubts over extending his stay at the Allianz Arena. According to German publication Kicker, Bayern will make one final push to get the striker to sign a new contract following the German Cup final against RB Leipzig on May 25.
The 30-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021 and Bayern want to extend that by a further year. However, the Poland international could be swayed by a move away having been the subject of enquiries from United, as well as Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Lewandowski has caught the eye of United for a while now and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to rebuild his squad after a disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League. United are searching for a striker to lead the line and fire them back into the Champions League at the first time of asking.
Lewandowski is set to yet again win the Bundesliga Golden Boot, having scored 22 times in 32 appearances in the German top-flight this season. The striker sits four goals clear of Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer in the goalscoring charts with just one match remaining.
Lewandowski is also on the verge of winning yet another Bundesliga title with Bayern, with his side needing just a point from their final game against Frankfurt. Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry believes Bayern Munich have enjoyed a positive 2018-19 campaign, but admits it can only be considered a success if they finish with another Bundesliga title.
The Bavarian giants stand on the brink of securing a seventh successive domestic crown. With one game left to take in, they hold a two-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table. As they also boast a far superior goal difference, a draw for Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday would be enough to get them over the line.
Gnabry is determined to ensure that there are no dramatic slip-ups, telling Goal and DAZN of the club’s season as a whole: “It would not be a good one if we don’t win a title. That’s the main reason why I came to FC Bayern. “Team sport is always more important than individual performance. Accordingly, it is important to get both titles at the end.”
Bayern still have the chance to complete a domestic double, with a DFB-Pokal final outing against RB Leipzig to come on May 25. Gnabry believes two pieces of silverware would complete an A-grade season for the club, while he also sees plenty of positives for himself. The 23-year-old winger was signed by Bayern in 2017, but spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim and has only made the breakthrough at the Allianz Arena this term.
Having taken in 40 appearances and recorded 13 goals, the former Arsenal academy graduate said of the progress he has made: “Taking on responsibility, playing every week and having the rhythm feels very good. “I came with the goal of getting games. That’s what I’ve been working for from the beginning and that’s the way it should stay.”
Gnabry has earned the trust of coach Niko Kovac and is now expected to help counter the impending departures of iconic wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. The Germany international is delighted to be playing a prominent role and credits his boss with aiding his development. Gnabry added on Kovac: “He gave me the trust. I try to repay this confidence with hard work during the week and good performances in the games.”
Quizzed on the speculation which surrounds a managerial post in Munich, with it suggested that a change will be made if Bayern were to miss out on title glory, Gnabry said: “That’s a topic in the media. I try to stay out of it as best I can.”
Success on Sunday would strengthen Kovac’s claims to an extended stay, while a double triumph would be impossible for the Bayern board to ignore.