Man United news: Pundit can't believe £40m latest after Darwin Nunez move collapses
Noel Whelan has insisted Man United must continue to look at younger striking options after seeing a move for 22-year-old Darwin Nunez collapse.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested reported target Robert Lewandowski, 33, could struggle to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
According to the Daily Star (11 June), Man United and Chelsea are ready to swoop for Lewandowski this summer as they believe his £40million Barcelona swoop will collapse.
The Poland striker has made clear his desire to leave Bayern Munich this summer despite having one year left on his contract.
Man United had been linked with a mega-money move for Nunez – but the Benfica star instead chose to sign for Champions League finalists Liverpool.
Whelan urged the Red Devils to consider signing other younger options if possible this summer.
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“Man United seems to be where all these older players end up nowadays,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“You look at Ronaldo and Cavani – this is where they end up. It’s not China anymore, it’s Man United.
“Lewandowski’s still quality and scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga, which is a serious league. He’d bring the professionalism and the standards that they expect, as well.
“However, you’re looking at getting two to three good years out of him – maximum. And the strenuous nature of the Premier League can take its toll on players of his age.
“You’ve got to be looking at younger options.
“They’ve gone from targeting a 22-year-old Nunez to a 33-year-old Lewandowski – it’s an 11-year gap.”