ABOVE: Dortmund want £25.5m for Lewandowski, even though he has just one year left on his contract
United could have to stump up extra cash to persuade Bayern to rip up their agreement with the striker
MANCHESTER UNITED may be forced to pay Bayern Munich AND Borussia Dortmund if they want to land Robert Lewandowski.
United could have to stump up extra cash to persuade Bayern to rip up their agreement with the striker.Lewandowski, 24, is believed to have promised last summer that he would move to Munich – but Dortmund are defiantly refusing to deal with Bayern, having already lost star midfielder Mario Gotze to their big domestic rivals.
United boss David Moyes is out to exploit the situation with Lewandowski’s future up in the air.
But sources in Germany believe that a complicated deal could be required to capture the forward.
United would first have to pay European champions Bayern a compensation fee. Then they would have to negotiate a deal with Dortmund.
Dortmund want £25.5m for Lewandowski, even though he has just one year left on his contract.
But Dortmund haven’t given up hope of keeping him for next season and are preparing to treble his £20,000-a-week wages for the final year of his deal.
If the complex deal is the only way forward, United will almost certainly end up paying significantly more than the £24m it cost to sign Robin van Persie last summer when he also had just 12 months left on his Arsenal contract.
Whether Bayern would be interested in taking the consolation cash while letting one of Europe’s top strikers slip through their fingers remains to be seen.
They could stick by their agreement and bag Lewandowski on a free next summer.
A similar deal featuring fees paid to two clubs has been done before, with United also involved.
Chelsea paid United £12m and Norwegians Lynn Oslo £4m to sign John Obi Mikel in 2006.
Mikel claimed he was pressured in to signing a deal with United without his agent present but actually wanted to join the Blues.