According to rumours, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has agreed to terms with FC Barcelona to join the La Liga team next season.
Sport Italia reported on Saturday that the 33-year-old Poland captain has reached an agreement in principle with the Catalans.
During the international break, Barca’s interest in Lewandowski began to be considered seriously.
Xavi Hernandez’s side have also been connected with Kylian Mbappe,
who looked set to join Real Madrid
on a free transfer despite PSG supposedly paying the French World Cup champion €1 million ($1.1 million) per week to stay at Parc des Princes.
After top transfer target Erling Haaland,
who Xavi wants as the cornerstone of his Camp Nou sporting concept,
which is presently gathering pace following an amazing 4-0 triumph over bitter rivals Madrid in El Clasico last Sunday, Mbappe would be Barca’s Plan B.
The fact that the Norwegian phenomenon would cost more than $300 million all-in,
on the other hand, is a major roadblock for cash-strapped Barcelona,
whose president Joan Laporta has repeatedly stated that he will not jeopardise the club’s future while it is engulfed in $1.5 billion in debt.
This has caused Barca to pursue Lewandowski,
who has a year left on his contract with Bayern Munich, which is slated to expire in June 2023.
If the two-time reigning The Best winner has agreed to terms,
the Blaugrana must now make an acceptable offer to the Bundesliga kings, who have had contract renewal offers rejected by their second all-time leading scorer.
According to reports,
Barcelona is willing to offer €50 million ($55 million) for Lewandowski, with the possibility of going up to €60 million ($66 million).
After eight seasons in Bavaria, ‘Lewa’ is thought to be yearning for a change of scenery,
with Barca well aware of the positive impact
having the Ballon d’Or contender on their global image and ability to recruit sponsors.
Lewandowski is now on international duty with Poland,
who will face Sweden in a qualification final for the 2022 World Cup in November on Sunday.
Lewandowski is pushing for a move to Barcelona because he does not want to practise with Bayern during the pre-season.
Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich have gone from being a model couple to being embroiled in an acrimonious divorce.
The Polish international wants to end their connection and move to Barcelona’s Camp Nou,
but Bayern Munich would not allow him to do so.
According to Sport1,
the newest proof of their difficult battle is that the international refuses to do pre-season with the German club as a form of pressure.
Despite having a contract with Bayern until June 2023, the veteran player, who turns 34 in August, has made it obvious that he wants to go.
His most recent remarks, made while training with his national team, left no doubt.
“My time at Bayern has come to an end. I don’t think I’ll be able to continue my career there “According to Lewandowski.
“An departure is the best option. I’m hoping they don’t decide to keep me.”
He’s fighting tooth and nail for his freedom, but his current club isn’t going to make it easy.
“Robert Lewandowski’s contract runs until June 30, 2023, as we’ve always stated. A contract is a contract, after all! “Herbert Hainer, the president of the German club, made a statement over the weekend.
Lewandowski is defying the odds.
According to Sport1, Lewandowski has decided not to participate in Bayern’s pre-season training, which begins in the second week of July,
as further proof of his refusal to remain affiliated with the German club.
He believes he has already been released and intends to push even harder for a move, which has been praised by the Camp Nou faithful.
They feel it demonstrates his desire to play for Barcelona,
as well as the fact that his attitude may reduce the cost of his move from Munich.
For the 2022/23 season, Lewandowski is Barcelona’s main target,
and the Catalan club has stated openly that the Pole is their top priority, with the Catalan club balancing the books in order to complete his signing.