Jose Mourinho wants 36-goal hitman to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season

Robert Lewandowski

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly lining up a surprise swoop for Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski amid suggestions that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could leave the club in the summer.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has performed above expectations during the ongoing campaign, and he is currently the club’s leading goal-scorer with 27 goals across all competitions.

The big Swede has the option of an additional year on his contract inked last summer, but he could still part ways with the club, should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

United have the route to the elite competition via a top-four finish in the domestic division while lifting the Europa League crown would also guarantee them a passage to the showpiece.

According to The Sun, via Don Balon, Lewandowski has emerged as a surprise contender to join the Old Trafford outfit amid the uncertainty over Ibrahimovic’s position at Old Trafford.

Lewandowski has continued his excellent form in the Bayern shirt this campaign, and his tally of 36 goals in 39 appearances have propelled the club ever closer to their fifth consecutive league triumph.

The Bavarian giants are also in the running for the Champions League crown, and the Poland international remains pivotal to their chances of securing the European title this season.

The former Borussia Dortmund man only inked a long-term deal with Bayern earlier in the campaign, and a move to Manchester looks highly improbable unless United are willing to spend significantly in landing the marksman.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is the other who could link up with United in the summer with the Spanish club likely to accept the player’s maximum value – which happens to be his £86m release clause.

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic is rumoured to have settled an agreement to join MLS side LA Galaxy on supposedly higher wages of around £15m-a-year.