Bayern Munich have confirmed that Robert Lewandowski will join them in the summer to end a long saga as to where the Polish striker would move to from Borussia Dortmund.
The 25-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United but nothing materialised past Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he admired him as a player.
However, according to Raphael Honigstein, United actually submitted a double bid for Kagawa and Lewandowski back in 2012 with an individual fee of €25 million for the Polish striker.
He said: “The Polish striker and his advisors thought that they had a verbal agreement with Dortmund that the player would be allowed to leave in the summer of 2013 if an offer of more than 25 million euros was lodged.
“That, incidentally, was the figure Alex Ferguson had bid for the forward after watching him and Shinji Kagawa destroy Bayern 5-2 in the 2012 German Cup final.
“Dortmund sold the midfielder but much to Sir Alex’s surprise, they turned down the offer for Lewandowski, having rebuffed a similar advance from Bayern before.
“Dortmund’s categorical “Nein” was mistaken as posturing by many that summer, including Frantisek Smuda. The Polish national manager confidently declared that Lewandowski was off to Old Trafford after Euro 2012.
“Dortmund, however, stood firm.”
One thing that Lewandowski’s arrival would have done was probably bring the best out of Kagawa given that they played the same style of football but it wasn’t to be.
So if Ferguson had his way, both Lewandowski and Kagawa would have moved to Old Trafford back in 2012 which would have been fantastic but in reality, Dortmund’s refusal of the offer wasn’t too bad after all. Instead of Lewandowski, Ferguson signed Robin van Persie and that worked out quite nicely.
Who said the grass isn’t greener on the other side?