Manchester United have suffered a setback in their quest to land Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski according to the Daily Mail with the German club saying they are ‘sick’ of the speculation.
Following a fantastic season in the Bundesliga – the 23-year-old scored 22 goals to help Dortmund to the title – Lewandowski was thought to be a target for Manchester United this summer.
These rumours then became even stronger when the striker scored the first goal of Euro 2012 in Poland’s 1-1 draw with Greece last Friday.
However, Dortmund are determined to hold onto their star man, with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insisting he is not for sale at any price.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Liverpool will have to spend £7m if they are to secure the services of Cristian Tello.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to add some young talent to his squad and Tello – who only has one year to run on his current contract – could fit the bill.
The 20-year-old has represented Spain at youth level and is highly regarded in La Liga and if Barcelona are to sell, they want a decent return.
A lot could come down to what the player and his representatives think of a potential move though. Even if a fee is agreed, moving abroad at 20-years-old is a massive step.
Perhaps Tello needs to assess whether he is going to get a game at Barcelona in the next couple of years. If he is not, moving to Liverpool and a new challenge in England might be the way forward.
Liverpool also need to decide whether they want to spend £7m on a player that isn’t proven at the highest level quite yet. They would be taking a calculated gamble on finding someone that can get them crucial Premier League goals.
As with many transfer stories, this one looks set to develop over the next few weeks.