Bayern Munich warn Manchester United that Robert Lewandowski is not for sale

by Leo Nieboer

Bayern Munich have released a statement warning Manchester United that striker Robert Lewandowski is not for sale under any circumstances this summer.

Sky Sports reported earlier today that Man United and Chelsea had entered talks with the 28-year-old’s representatives over a possible move to the Premier League.

The news came not long after his agent, Maik Barthel, noted that his client “was disappointed as I have ever seen him before” after receiving no help from Carlo Ancelotti in pursuit of the Bundesliga golden boot.

But Bayern, just a few hours later, released a statement emphatically denying any possibility of their star striker leaving the club last summer.

“Robert Lewandowski has a contract with FC Bayern, which he recently extended to 2021,” the statement read.

“Bayern are not thinking about any move for Lewandowski. There are no talks with other clubs, and there will not be.

“If other clubs negotiate with a player who still has a long-term contract, they risk punishment from FIFA. The player’s agent also assured us that he did not hold talks with any other club.”

It’s almost as if Bayern just love to break the fourth wall when it comes to transfers. What tends to happen with players like Lewandowski is that clubs remain silent and let rumours germinate and grow into a nice narrative that we, the media, can indulge in.

Not Bayern. They see one piece of erroneous news regarding one of their players and immediately stamp it out publicly, kind of like the footballing equivalent of Sean Spicer. The Bundesliga champions even felt it was necessary to let the world know that they weren’t interested in Cristiano Ronaldo, even though nobody was seriously imagining such a move ever occurring in the first place.

So, yeah, thanks Bayern. Thanks for dashing our hopes over Lewandowski in a matter of hours. You couldn’t even give us a full day to think: “Well, who knows? Maybe, just maybe.” I bet they – and the 28-year-old in particular – smash us in the Champions League next season since Arsenal aren’t there, just to top it all off.

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