Man City urged to react to Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd with Robert Lewandowski bid

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Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has urged the club to sign Robert Lewandowski to fill their vacant striking position. Pep Guardiola has missed out on two top targets this summer in a frustrating effort to replace Man City legend Sergio Aguero.

The Premier League champions have spent most of the transfer window pursuing Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

But Daniel Levy’s firm not-for-sale stance has proved too tricky to negotiate, and the England captain recently confirmed his north London stay for the season ahead.

Man City were then in talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over a controversial move to the Etihad Stadium.

On Friday, Manchester United prevented the move by agreeing a deal with Juventus to welcome the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford.

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With Guardiola now set to continue the 2021/22 campaign with just one recognised striker in Gabriel Jesus, who has been playing out wide, a new player in the position should be at the forefront of his transfer plans next summer.

According to Sky Sports, Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich for a new challenge before he turns 35.

Now 33, he could very well leave Germany next summer, and if he wants to continue winning titles, Man City will be an enticing potential destination.


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Speaking ahead of City’s dominant win on Saturday, Lescott name-dropped Lewandowski as the striker Guardiola should pursue next.

He told BT Sport: “What he brings to the club is a level of professionalism and mentality.

“Greenwood and Sancho, for example, are going to see what it takes to be the best they can be at all stages of their career. They aren’t going to take that lightly.

“It doesn’t weaken Man City for not getting those players. They’re still title contenders no matter what.

“In terms of City, they’ve got a stronger squad than they had last year. They’ve acquired Jack Grealish, who, for me, is proven at the level and is an exciting talent.

“When they lost out on Kane and Ronaldo, Pep said there are three players who can choose where they want to play.

“One of them being Messi and one being Ronaldo, and there was another. For me, that can only be Lewandowski.

“He’s spoken about wanting to leave and having another challenge, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he came through the door.”

Guardiola, however, suggested City will not look to sign Lewandowski before Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

Instead, a pursuit may have to wait until January or indeed the 2022 summer window.

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