Robert Lewandowski was ‘ready’ to seal Man Utd transfer in 2012 after talks with Sir Alex Ferguson December 22, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Robert Lewandowski has admitted he was ‘ready’ to join Manchester United in 2012.
The Bayern Munich striker has become one of the very best players in the world over the past decade and earlier this month he was named The Best FIFA men’s player – beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award.
The 32-year-old striker enjoyed a remarkable 55-goal season in 2019/20 as Bayern completed the treble by winning the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.
And Lewandowski has now revealed he very nearly linked up with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford – but Dortmund denied him the move.
Speaking to France Football, the Pole said: “After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson. He wanted me to come to Manchester.
“I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund didn’t want to let me go.
“It didn’t upset me more than that because things were going well with Borussia.”
Lewandowski’s career could have also gone down a different path even earlier in his career – if it wasn’t for a volcano!
Sam Allardyce’s quest for a striker when manager of Blackburn saw him scour Europe for a goalscorer to boost Rovers’ Premier League survival chances in 2010.
Head of recruitment Martyn Glover recommended then Lech Poznan hitman Lewandowski to Big Sam, who had scored 21 times in 34 games.
Discussions were had, a £4million fee was agreed and the deal was all but done.
However, the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull mountain grounded almost all air travel in northern Europe, including Lewandowski’s flight to the UK, and the transfer ended up collapsing.
He ended up joining Dortmund instead, and the rest, as they say, is history.