Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is set for a summer move to Manchester United, according to Poland boss Franciszek Smuda.
The 23-year-old hit man, who plundered 22 Bundesliga goals last season, has been on the Premier League giant’s radar for some time, and now it seems United may have finally made a major move to bag their man.
‘Lewy’ is going to Manchester United, Kuba [Jakub Blaszczykowski] also somewhere in England, [Lukasz] Piszczek to Real [Madrid],’ Smuda told Reuters.
They have a goal and they want to grow. I base the squad on them.’ Lewandowski’s former Dortmund team-mate, Shinji Kagawa, has already signed for the Old Trafford outfit, and it would be a significant coup for United if they could land yet another of the Bundesliga champions’ prized assets.
Poland kick off Euro 2012 with the opening game of the tournament against Greece in Warsaw tonight, and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is hoping the co-host’s strong Dortmund contingent can help them spring a major surprise on the continent’s football elite.
‘Anything can happen. I don’t see any reason why we can’t follow the example of Greece in 2004. Or Denmark in 1992, when they didn’t even initially qualify for the finals but went on to win it,’ Szczesny said.
‘If you were to look at it realistically, then we have got no chance whatsoever to become champions of Europe. But it’s just that by no means do these things always turn out as predicted.
‘At previous big tournaments, in fact all those we’ve participated in during the 21st century, we’ve lacked players performing at the highest level for Europe’s biggest clubs.
‘That’s no longer the case. No one can tell me that Borussia Dortmund isn’t one of Europe’s top sides, and three Polish players have been key to their recent successes.
‘With such gifted individuals we have the chance to achieve something more than our predecessors did.’