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Robert Lewandowski’s agent has claimed the striker turned down a record-breaking move to China.
The Polish striker could have earned more than the €40million (£34m) paid to Carlos Tevez, according to his agent Cezary Kucharski, which would have made him the best player in the world.
Lewandowski instead decided to commit to a new deal with Bayern in December, which will see him stay at the Allianz Arena club until 2021.
‘I was contacted by an agent who brings stars to China,’ Kucharski told SportoweFakty. ‘The club name wasn’t mentioned.
‘If Lewy had decided to move to China, his salary would have been significantly higher than €40m, which means more than Carlos Tevez earns.’
A purported move would have cost the unnamed Chinese club €200m (£172m), but Lewandowski decided against it.
Asked why, Kucharski said: ‘It’s obvious: Lewy is not only younger but also a better player than Tevez.’
And while the agent was willing to rule out an immediate switch, he suggested Lewandowski could seek out a move in the future.
‘Robert is not for sale right now,’ Kucharski added, ‘but I never say never. Life offers several solutions.’
Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in his 16 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern this season.
David Moyes has dismissed the £6million West Ham offer for his ‘priceless’ striker Jermain Defoe.
The Hammers are set to drop their interest in their former player after failing with two bids.
Sunderland manager Moyes insists there is no way the club will let their 11-goal marksman go as the 34-year-old spearheads the latest great escape bid — with avoiding relegation worth an estimated £70m in TV revenue alone.
The Scot pointed to the £11m paid by Everton for Charlton teenager Ademola Lookman and prices quoted for Brentford striker Scott Hogan to question the level of West Ham’s bid.
He said: ‘Jermain is priceless because his goals are so important for us and what is at stake.
‘That is why when you think of the figure that was bid, you go “hmmm”.
‘Everton bid for a boy at Charlton and West Ham bid £10.5m for a striker at Brentford.
You see values like that and then you look at Jermain’s level and where he is in our ambition to stay up. It’s hard to get good forwards with experience and he is a player who is scoring regularly.’
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has little interest in leaving Scotland in the January window despite West Ham’s interest.
The London club made an informal £20million bid for Dembele as they ramp up their search for a striker, with Celtic rebuffing the offer and insisting they would not sell for less than £30m.
But Sportsmail understands the striker himself is not looking to leave Parkhead.
Sources close to Dembele told Sportsmail that he is keen to continue his development under Brendan Rodgers.
The France Under-21 international has been handed significant first-team opportunities at Celtic in both the Scottish Premiership and the Champions League and has bagged 19 goals in his 36 appearances for the club.
As a result, Dembele is not currently considering a move until the summer.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers recently insisted Dembele would not depart in January.
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that the La Liga giants want to sign the Juventus star Pablo Dybala in January.
They say that Arrigo Sacchi, the former Madrid director of football, has told Real president Florentino Perez to go get the 23-year-old.
On their front page on Friday, they mention that Sacchi considers him ‘to be the new Messi’ ‒ and that Barcelona have already had an offer turned down by Juventus.
The spies at Corriere dello Sport have been busy this week as they also looked into the transfer saga surrounding Patrice Evra and Manchester United.
They say Juventus have found a replacement in Bologna defender Adam Masina, who the Italian club are closing in on.
Juventus defender Patrice Evra has started just three Serie A games for Italians this season That means Evra ‘returns to United’ as a result of Masina coming in, they write.
Another Italian newspaper saying the same is La Gazzetta dello Sport.
On their front page, they say: ‘Mou tempts Evra. Frenchman will join Man United staff at the end of the year.’
Guardiola’s decision to go after the 27-year-old also hinges on Southampton’s insistence that they have no intention of selling star defender Virgil van Dijk this month despite heavy interest.
Spaniard Guardiola knows Badstuber, who has just six months remaining on his deal, from his successful three-year spell with the German champions, during which time he won seven trophies.With City short in defence, the Manchester City boss wants to make the short term swoop to address the defensive deficiencies undermining his side’s title challenge.