Bayern Munich have issued a warning to Chelsea and Manchester United over Robert Lewandowski, insisting they are ready to report any illegal approaches for the prolific Poland striker.
The Blues and United are both hunting new centre-forwards this summer and have been credited with interest in Lewandowski, who has scored 100 goals in 129 games during three seasons at Bayern.
But the Bundesliga champions responded on Wednesday with a stern statement making clear that they do not plan to sell the 28-year-old and denying claims that the player had grown disgruntled in Bavaria.
“Lewandowski does not want to leave Bayern,” the German club said. “There are no talks with other clubs and there won’t be any. Lewandowski’s contract expires in 2021. He signed it not long ago. If other clubs negotiate with long-term contracted players they risk a Fifa penalty.”
Chelsea are in the market for a leading striker, with Diego Costa expected to leave Stamford Bridge, although Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is still considered the most likely arrival.
United, too, want a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose long-term injury forced a premature end to his Old Trafford career. Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is believed to be their top target.
Liverpool publicly apologised to Southampton earlier this summer after the Saints threatened to complain to the Premier League about an alleged illegal approach for defender Virgil van Dijk.
Lewandowski’s agent has fuelled suggestions that his client is unsettled at Bayern by saying that he felt he should have received more support from the club in his failed bid to be the league’s top scorer last term.