Manchester United and Chelsea have been put on alert as Robert Lewandowski’s future has been made unclear, according to reports. The Bayern Munich striker is believed to be considering a new challenge this summer after winning a seventh-straight Bundesliga title.
Lewandowski has scored an incredible 47 times in all competitions this season, including 18 in his last 11 matches.
His goals have been a key factor in Bayern winning a ninth-consecutive Bundesliga title. Hans-Dieter Flick’s side holds an 11-point lead over RB Leipzig at the top of the table with three matches remaining.
The Poland international scored a penalty in Saturday’s surprise 2-2 draw against SC Freiburg.
That goal lifted Lewandowski’s league tally to 40 for the campaign, 13 ahead of second-placed Andre Silva of Eintracht Frankfurt and 15 above Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
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However, despite his success in front of goal, Lewandowski was unable to help Bayern retain their Champions League title.
They were knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals following a 3-3 aggregate scoreline. The French side sought revenge for last year’s final, which Bayern won 1-0, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side was then knocked out by Manchester City in the semi-final.
And it has been reported that Lewandowski will seek a new challenge this summer having won every possible trophy at the Allianz Arena.
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Meanwhile, United could also be looking for a new striker this summer, despite extending Edinson Cavani’s deal by a further year.
It is believed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a long-term number nine to lead his attack, although Cavani’s new deal could mean that they enter the market next summer. A £64.5m clause in Norwegian forward Haaland’s Dortmund contract becomes active in 2022.
Bayern have been keen to play down reports that Lewandowski will leave.
“He will definitely stay,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said recently when asked about Lewandowski’s future. “Who sells a player who scored 60 goals every year?”
Reaching 40 league goals for the season also tied Lewandowski with the legendary German striker Gerd Muller’s record.
This is a huge honour. For me, but also for the modern history of the Bundesliga,” Lewandowski said on Saturday after securing the title. “It was a legendary record that stood for a long time. What Gerd Muller achieved was unbelievable. I would never have thought I could have shared a record with him.”