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Which £51m striker could be Jose Mourinho’s first Man United signing?

| 22.12.2015

Manchester United are set to go on an all-out charm offensive in order to lure Robert Lewandowski to Old Trafford.

That is according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, which claims the Red Devils are lining up a £51m bid to land the prolific Polish striker from Bayern Munich.

Whether the forward would play under Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho at United remains to be seen but regardless the club are hoping to fend off interest from Real Madrid in order to boost their attacking options.

United have struggled for goals this term, with Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial scoring in patches and Wayne Rooney looking a shadow of his former self in front of goal.

Lewandowski has been committed to the Bayern cause since arriving in 2014 but with manager Pep Guardiola set to leave at the end of the current season there is scope for upheaval at the Allianz Arena.

The Pole was snapped up by Bayern after smashing 103 goals in 187 games for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and the 27-year-old has maintained that form in his two seasons at Munich, netting 48 times in 75 outings so far.

These are the stats that have got United interested and bids of this kind are exactly what the club need if they are to prove to a Van Gaal successor that they mean business.

Mourinho is the red hot favourite to replace LVG, with newspaper reports suggesting talks between United and the Portuguese started before United’s recent defeat to Norwich and the Special One’s departure from Chelsea.

Ladbrokes installed Mourinho at 5/2 to take charge of United in time for their December 28 meeting with the Blues and should the likes of Rooney, Memphis and Martial fluff their lines again in that game a new striker will be the top of the list of priorities – regardless of who is in charge.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.