City swoop on United target Lewandowski to replace Tevez

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Carlos Tevez's move to Juventus could pave the way for Manchester City to launch an irresistible bid for Borussia Dortmund star striker - and long-time Manchester United target - Robert Lewandowski, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

Lewandowski's future has been the subject of much debate in recent months, particularly after his heroics against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. The Poland international's contract expires in 12 months time, and Dortmund may consider cashing in on his talents rather than lose him to rivals Bayern Munich for free next year. It is claimed City could offer up to £25 million for Lewandowski now that the Tevez sale has been completed.

In Spain, newly-appointed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been quick to make a splash into the transfer market, reportedly offering cash plus an international quality player - possibly Angel Di Maria - for Tottenham's Gareth Bale. The Daily Mirror states Spurs have rejected all bids for the Welshman out of hand, but given Ancelotti made the move his first point of business, it is unknown if the Premier League club can continue to resist Real's advances.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to strengthen his own squad, regardless of Bale's future. The Daily Mail reports the club's technical director Franco Baldini will meet with Barcelona striker David Villa this week to hold crunch talks with the Spain international. Villa - currently in Brazil for the Confederations Cup - is top of Villas-Boas' wishlist, which also includes Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and Internacional forward Leandro Damiao.

Barcelona, meanwhile, will stage crucial talks with midfielder Thiago Alcantara in order to keep him at the Camp Nou, according to the Daily Mail. Alcantara is on the verge of finalising a £17 million transfer to Manchester United, and is believed to be close to agreeing terms with the Premier League champions. However, Barca are hoping to convince the 22-year-old to stay.

Finally, it appears Sunderland have trumped Arsenal as they attempt to sign Le Havre left-back Benjamin Mendy. Arsene Wenger has seen one offer for Mendy rejected, while Juventus, Lyon and Cardiff are also understood to be interested in his services. However, the Daily Mail claims Sunderland are the only ones prepared to meet the French club's £5 million asking price.

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