Manchester United make Galatico plans: Bayern Munich goal-machine & Youngster dubbed 'New Thierry Henry' top Jose Mourinho wish-list
Manchester United are planning a complete overhaul of their striking options in the summer by targeting Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe and Bayern Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski. Boss Jose Mourinho is putting plans in place, with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney approaching the end of their careers.
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According to The Sun, the Red Devils have been made to look elsewhere having previously been interested in luring Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to the Premier League. The Frenchman, who scored 22 LaLiga goals last season and helped his club to the Champions League final, before winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 in the summer. But the £86million buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract at the Vicente Calderon is proving a stumbling block right now.
Robert Lewandowski has now scored 17 goals in his last 16 games across all competitions.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 7 March 2017
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That isn’t to say United will not spend heavily in the summer, having done so last year by signing Paul Pogba in a world record £89million deal. But Mourinho appears to believe the money will be more useful elsewhere. Signing both Mbappe and Lewandowski would show the club’s ambition, but would also require different tactics in terms of negotiating with their respective current employers.
Mbappe’s form for Monaco, helping them to the top of Ligue 1, is turning heads. The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this year, recently scoring against United’s rivals Manchester City in the Champions League. He has been compared to former Monaco youngster Thierry Henry, and has undoubted potential, but is still a long way off becoming a truly world-class player. The time for Monaco to sell him could well be coming soon, so United and any other suitors will be confident of eventually finding the right price for him.
But with Lewandowski, they will find it a lot harder. The Polish striker is one of, if not the best striker in the world, having already scored over 30 goals for Bayern Munich this season. He has just signed a new contract at the Allianz Arena and looks set to win a third straight Bundesliga title after joining the club on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
The Red Devils are known to be long-term admirers of Lewandowski, having wanted to sign him from Dortmund. He helped Bayern overcome Arsenal with a stunning 10-2 aggregate victory in the Champions League last 16 and will hope to win his first European title this year.
With United in sixth place in the Premier League, their qualification for the Champions League is in doubt, but winning the Europa League would see them return to the competition after a year away. Their absence has not stopped them signing big-name players, meaning both Mbappe and Lewandowski are indeed realistic targets.