Red Devils are still determined to get their man though.
Manchester United may have to pay both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund if they want to sign coveted front man Robert Lewandowski for next season, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The prolific Poland international had been expected to leave his current employers when the summer transfer window reopened on July 1 to move to their arch-rivals in Munich.
However, Dortmund have refused to allow the 24-year-old, who netted an incredible 36 goals in just 48 matches in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, to move to Bavaria after the Bundesliga champions had lured Mario Goetze to the Allianz Arena earlier this year.
Lewandowski, however, only has one more year left on his contract, which means that the striker would be able to depart Dortmund on a free transfer next year, although if United want their man now they will reportedly have to shell out a compensation fee to Bayern, who already have an agreement with the player that will see him join them next year, as well as the £25.5 million asking price to Dortmund.