Manchester United will target Robert Lewandowski if he does not move to Barcelona.
Yet unless Barca can shift some of their high earners, the Polish skipper’s chances of signing look doomed, though the fee would be a maximum of £20million.
United are keeping a close eye on the situation, and there is growing talk of a similar deal to the one which took Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last year.
Lewandowski, 33, is four years younger and is still at the peak of his goal scoring powers, with a staggering 57 in 55 games last season.
His representatives put feelers out to discover the level of Premier League interest when Bayern announced he would not be allowed to leave on a free.
And United are one of the few who would not be put off by a salary of around £400,000 a week.
Lewandowski has United fans in his family, after some of them spent time working in Manchester.
Chelsea are also interested, with Romelu Lukaku set to leave Stamford Bridge, and have the carrot of Champions League football.
But a central striker is high on United’s list of priorities, and with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez set for Liverpool and Leipzig unwilling to sell Christopher Nkunku, they will go all out to sign him if he doesn’t head to Spain.