City revive their interest in Lewandowski.
Coveted Borussia Dortmund hit-man Robert Lewandowski is being eyed up once more by Manchester City, with Edin Dzeko going the other way to sweeten the deal, according to the Express.
City view Lewandowski as the ideal replacement for the departing Carlos Tevez – who has joined Serie A champions Juventus – and would offer Dzeko plus cash to tempt Dortmund into selling.
The 2012 Premier League winners had tried to sign the Polish striker towards the end of the last season, offering £25m for the 24-year-old.
However, the club were told that Lewandowski already had his heart set on a move to Dortmund’s league rivals Bayern Munich.
Yet with the German runners-up now refusing to sanction a transfer of the Pole to their Bundesliga rivals, having already lost Mario Goetze the same way, both City and rivals Manchester United are back in the hunt.
The sale of Tevez has freed up a large gap on the wage bill at the Etihad Stadium, a significant sum of money worth £200,000-a-week plus and City could therefore tempt Lewandowski with those figures.
With the Argentinian leaving for Turin and the transfer of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan back in January, the Citizens now only have two senior strikers at the club in Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, so new manager Manuel Pellegrini will need to make improving in the position a priority.
The Dortmund striker was one of the most lethal players in front of goal in the whole of Europe last season, finishing second in the standings for most strikes in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Lewandowski netted 24 times in the German top tier, whilst in Europe’s most prestigious club competition,the Poland international managed 10 goals – including four in the semi-final first-leg against Real Madrid.