Manchester United are confident over capturing Robert Lewandowski after receiving private encouragement from the forward.

It is well documented that Borussia Dortmund are dead set against selling Lewandowski to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, yet welcome bids from other clubs.

Manchester United lead the chase for the Polish international, although Chelsea and Real Madrid are also reportedly in for the forward.

After Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request and with Danny Welbeck reportedly available for a loan move, David Moyes feels he needs another forward to compliment Robin Van Persie.

Lewandowski fits the bill perfectly and with only one year left on his Dortmund contract, United won't have to pay full price for their main target.

54 league goals in just 98 Bundesliga games is an incredible return, especially when you consider he only recently turned 24, with the best years of his career still to come.

Other transfer rumours

United have also reportedly received positive vibes from Cesc Fabregas about an Old Trafford move.

The midfielder has been linked with Manchester United for a good year now and the signs are a move is close.

Another Barcelona player linked with Manchester United is the play-maker Thiago Alcantara.

Thiago, whose currently on international duty with the Spanish Under-21 side at their European Championships, is ready to leave the Nou Camp after growing increasingly frustrated at being on the sidelines.

United are ready to bid £17million for Thiago in a deal that would suit both parties.