Borussia Dortmund insist Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski will stay until end of season

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester United transfer target Robert Lewandowski could be leaving Borussia Dortmund in the near future, but not in January according to a senior club figure.

Sir Alex Ferguson had a bid for the Polish striker rejected in August and his interest has not cooled over the last few months.

Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke conceded Lewandowski’s future may lie elsewhere but it wouldn’t be decided until the end of the season.

“We will have to make decisions in this case at the end of the season,” he said.

“Would it be best to cash in a big fee? Or would it be even better to keep Lewandowski to ensure we are more likely to qualify for the Champions League?”

Dortmund face a similar dilemma over Lewandowski as Arsenal did with Robin van Persie last year – the Gunners opted to cash in and United benefitted.

But, as Arsene Wenger did in that situation, Watzke insisted the decision belongs to the club, as well as the player himself.

He added: “It’s a decision we will have to take and it’s our decision. It’s not something to be decided by others.

“As often as I am talking to Robert, I do not have the impression he wants to leave us.”

A more immediate target for Ferguson may be PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman.

The central midfield area is one which the United manager may consider strengthening and the 22-year-old is seen as a shrewd long-term option.

Reds’ scout Martin Ferguson is reportedly a big fan of Strootman, but so is Arsenal’s Steve Rowley, as well as a number of other top European clubs.

And with Wenger under pressure and reportedly in line to receive a hefty transfer kitty, the £17million midfielder could be Emirates-bound.

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