Manchester United set to move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez

Reports emanating from a source in England suggest that Manchester United is lining up a shock swoop for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

Earlier in the month rumours were abound that Manchester United manager David Moyes was keen to make Gomez his first signing but with new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola not yet in place a deal could not be struck.

The man is now in place and despite his and indeed the club CEO Karl Heinze Rummenigge insistence that the German striker is not set to leave the indications are that the German and European Champions will consider offers.

Speaking to reports former Barcelona boss Guardiola said, when asked about the player’s future, “Mario Gomez is a Bayern Munich player.” With Rummenigge adding: “Mario Gomez will start training with us on Wednesday. Up to now we have not received a formal offer.”

Gomez scored 19 goals last season, despite missing 3 months of the season through injury, as Bayern claimed an historic treble however he was not guaranteed a regular place in the starting line up with manger Jupp Heynckes preferring Mario Mandžukić up front.

Should Bayern consider offloading the striker there will be no shortage of suitors with Napoli, Tottenham, Fiorentina and Chelsea as well as United all expressing an interest in the player.

Bayern Munich would likely command a fee of about £17 million, a sum that would easily suit the budget of Europe’s top teams

David Moyes will hope he can beat them to the punch as he looks to form a new look strike force of Gomez and Robin Van Persie.

The former Everton manager is keen to sign a new striker with doubts over the future of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.

Rooney has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Arsenal after submitting a transfer request at the end of the season while Mexican International Hernandez is looking at his options are becoming frustrated at not getting a regular place in the starting line-up. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in the 25 year old.

United are also interested in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. However a move for the Polish hit man is proving complicated with the player believed to prefer a move to Bayern but with Dortmund reluctant to sell to their German rivals.

Lewandowski could still move abroad this summer but with a large price tag and rivals for his signature in the shape of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea, United may be tempted to go for Gomez.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.