WROCLAW, POLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Robert Lewandowski of Poland during the international friendly match between Poland and Italy on November 11, 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
I was perusing through some Euro 2012 articles earlier today and there was one particular Guardian one that caught my attention: the possibility of Robert Lewandowski joining Manchester United according to Poland manager Franciszek Smuda. In that linked Guardian piece, the Poland boss talks how alcohol 'just blows (his) fuse'. However, I wouldn't be surprised if he had a bit prior to releasing these quotes:
"In my opinion, in a moment they will be gone from Borussia Dortmund Lewy is going to Manchester United, Jakub (Jakub Blaszczykowski) also somewhere in England, Lukasz Piszczek to Real Madrid. They have a goal and they want to grow."
- Franciszek Smuda
These Polish players have all been linked to clubs away from their current employer -- German champions BVD. In addition, there have been rumblings that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rates Lewandowski and that an inquiry about the striker was made -- but United were apparently told that the player would not be sold. It's quite possible that Smuda, an interesting character, was simply messing around and spewing out what he might have read in the news when scanning over silly season material. Perhaps 'Lewy' is keen on a move to United but BVD will not be giving him up easily -- especially with his deputy Lucas Barrios signing for Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande FC in recent weeks. Sure, they were willing to sell us a key player of theirs -- Shinji Kagawa -- but they also knew that the terrific Marco Reus was coming in over the summer as well as a possible like-for-like replacement. BVD have no replacement for Lewandowski. I would love to have the Polish striker, and he would make it a terrific quartet of strikers at United -- along with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, and Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) -- but I wouldn't get your hopes up at this moment.