Robert Lewandowski, who will turn 34 on August 21, wants to play for Barcelona next season.
Not only is it a wish, but he is willing to challenge Bayern Munich to force his transfer to the Camp Nou.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the attitude of the Polish international striker causes as much satisfaction in the Barça club as irritation in the Bundesliga champion.
The German institution refers to the contract it has with the player until June 30, 2023.
Bayern does not even allow negotiations because it does not enter his head that "a ruined team" like Barcelona can finance the incorporation of one of the best scorers in Europe.
The response from the Camp Nou is that the board has obtained the approval of the Assembly of Partners to obtain liquidity and offer Lewandowski an agreement for three seasons at a rate of about 10 million euros per year and pay about 40 million to Bayern.
It happens that in Munich they don't believe Barça.
Although the German club plays deaf, they do not stop sending messages and emissaries to Lewandowski.
The last one was that of the sports director, Hasan Salihamidzic: "On July 8 we are waiting for you in the first training session", urged the highest sports authority to the footballer, who spends the summer in Mallorca.
“We work very intensely.
If everything that was presented to me last week comes out, next year we will have a very attractive team and Lewandowski will be there”, concluded the honorary president, Uli Hoeness, to
a new team
The team prepared by Julian Nagelsmann, the coach for whom the Bavarian club paid 25 million euros, has already announced Gravenberch, Mazraoui and Sadio Mané, the Liverpool striker who has already passed the medical examination and has put on his Bayern jacket.
The arrival of Mané, whose contract ended in 2023, does not necessarily mean the departure of Lewandowski.
Bayern, league champions for the tenth consecutive time, aspire to buy time and try to complete a better squad after being thrashed in the Cup by Borussia Moenchengladbach and eliminated from the Champions League by Villarreal in the quarterfinals.
"If you don't have an alternative, something that seems difficult, I would recommend that he stay for another year and then we'll see if he leaves for free or renews," they insist from the sports area regarding the Bundesliga gunner.
The guarantee is Laporta
Lewandowski, however, is ratified in the speech that he already offered at the beginning of the month as soon as he arrived in Warsaw to play the League of Nations.
“I don't see any possibility of continuing at the club.
My story at Bayern has ended, something has died in me," he said, adding last Tuesday: "I have asked for my transfer because in the current situation it is the best solution because the club can receive money in exchange." that the directors of Bayern have not exactly liked.
The Polish striker does not forget either that he has been ignored by the German club since last year he expressed his willingness to extend and improve the contract signed until 2023. Bayern momentarily forgot about Lewandowski, because he only renews the players from season to season who are over 30 years old, while ensuring the continuity of Neuer, Müller, Kimmich, Coman and Goretzka.
Lewandowski then decided that he would leave Munich.
And the destination he has chosen is Barcelona.
He doesn't seem to be interested in Chelsea or PSG.
He wants to play at the Camp Nou and Xavi is eagerly awaiting him on July 16, when the team will begin the pre-season tour of the United States.
The Barça coach considers that Lewandowski is a priority signing for his team to be competitive in the same way that the board understands that his arrival would help revalue the Barça brand.
The association suits both parties and also has the approval of the player's agent, Pini Zahavi, a good friend of the Barça president, Joan Laporta, and very distant from the Bayern command.
Barcelona needs goals since Messi's departure and Lewandowski is an accomplished striker: 344 goals in 374 games with Bayern, 46 in the last three seasons with averages ranging between 1.12 and 1.31 goals per game.
Barça needed three strikers – Memphis (12), Aubameyang (11) and Luuk de Jong (6) – to add 29 goals, one less than Messi registered in his last season at the Camp Nou.
With the roster of midfielders assured, Xavi aspires to reinforce the areas with Lewandowski and Koundé after having already agreed on the incorporation of Kessié and Christensen.
Neither of them has yet been able to be registered in the League for not complying with financial
, a circumstance that has not gone unnoticed precisely by the Polish player and especially by his agent.
Barcelona needs to capitalize urgently with the sale of the assets agreed with the committers and then give an unequivocal message to the market with the official announcement of a signing that can be registered with the club's employers' association, none as desired as that of Lewandowski.
“We will talk from September 2”, the day after the market closes, they maintain in Bayern, while in the Barça sports area they continue to negotiate agreements conditioned to the sports policy of Laporta, who prefers to look for his life rather than agree with Javier Tebas, the president of the League.
So the Camp Nou today is a large waiting room from which even a battering ram with no time to waste like Lewandowski escapes.
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