The Polish striker, currently under contract at Borussia Dortmund, was reportedly on the radar of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who travelled across town to rivals Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to watch Dortmund’s game against the Premier League champions.
Rumours have surfaced that Ferguson was not just there to analyse the City setup but to scout last year’s 24-year-old Bundesliga player of the season.
The striker, who netted an impressive 30 goals for his side in their previous campaign, spoke of his surprise at the heavily speculated interest from United.
He said, “I didn’t even know Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands against City but it wouldn’t influence me at all. I haven’t got plans to change clubs.”
The player has been drawing interest from several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal and conceded that a move to England may one day be on the cards.
“I haven’t had the chance to play in England but, maybe, one day.”
The 6ft target man has earned his reputation as a more traditional number 9 – his physicality and intelligent runs into the box make him a dangerous threat the opposition’s defence, especially when combined with world-class finishing and technique.
“What I like about British football is that it is fast and hard.” He continued,
“For sure it would be interesting but there’s no straight answer for the moment.”
Whilst he clearly stated his intention to remain at Borussia Dortmund, for the time being, at least, I sense a subtle subtext in his responses that whisper “come and get me” to the highest bidder.
It may not be in his “plans” but it’s likely to feature in his agent’s, as he enters the final year of his contract in the new year. Sir Alex may have gone to Eastlands to browse but if he intends to buy, he had better move fast.
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