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There have been reports about Robert Lewandowski’s annoyance with Bayern Munich, which has triggered reports of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United. However, Bayern Munich have told interested clubs to hands off their striker who has a contract with the club till 2021.

European football expert Gabriele Marcotti believes the Poland international’s representatives, who are behind the transfer rumours of the last few days, are trying to make money with these speculations.

“I think we’ve been here before with Lewandowski and Lewandowski’s people,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

“You’ll remember a couple of years ago there was the same issue, but with Real Madrid at the time.

“This is how intermediaries make their money, they know Manchester United are looking for a centre-forward and can afford one. They know Chelsea are looking for a centre-forward and can afford one.

“They try to put together a deal and certainly if you are Lewandowski’s agent, you don’t mind if people go out and do that.

“But the thing is, you need to get the club to agree.

“In modern football it’s rare that you have, certainly a player like Lewandowski, in a position where he forces through a move.

“They’re trying to bring a deal to the table but ultimately it’s down to Bayern.

“I’m not even sure it’s Lewandowski himself initiating this but if you have a nice packet on the table, a big club like United or Chelsea, maybe he will think about it, but ultimately you have to agree a fee with Bayern, and they can be quite stubborn.”

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