The contract of the Poland international, Robert Lewandowski with the German champions ends next summer, and speculation of a bold departure to Barcelona is gaining traction ahead of the transfer season.
Barcelona’s prospects of completing a blockbuster deal to capture Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer have been boosted.
According to Polish news channel TVP Sport, Lewandowski has earned the Bundesliga heavyweights that he ‘won’t sign a new agreement’ because he has already lined up a new club, with Barca leading the race to recruit him.
Bayern Munich’s contract with the 33-year-old striker expires in the summer of 2023, and the club is desperate to prevent losing him as a free agent.
Last month, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn shot off speculation that the Poland international might leave the club as his contract neared its end.
That led Barca manager Xavi to openly address the forward’s transfer rumors, who has a staggering 49 goals this season and has now scored more than 40 goals in seven consecutive seasons.
According to a report in the German newspaper Bild, Bayern’s attitude towards the Poland striker has softened this summer, and they may be prepared to sell him for as little as £30 million.
That is a proposal that the Catalan giants may consider, but they must first cover their outgoings.
Bayern’s change of heart is thought to be based on the fact that Lewandowski is unlikely to sign a new contract and, in any case, might have a falling value for the rest of his career.
Bayern also believe that with the Poland international as the focal point, their assault has become too predictable, and that a change in configuration would make them more dynamic and less predictable.
On the other hand, it would necessitate the club making a significant investment in their offense this summer, signaling the need to concentrate on strengthening an area where they had not anticipated the necessity.
Barcelona were said to be eager to offer Lewandowski the “Lionel Messi role” at the Camp Nou last month.
That would imply that the Polish striker would be given the same status and financial rewards as Messi.
Contract talks between Lewandowski and Bayern are now stalled, but the club intends to renew the talks in the next weeks and months.
If the player and the club are unable to reach an agreement, he will be allowed to negotiate with other teams and sign a pre-contract deal away from Bayern starting January 1, 2023.
The attacker spent most of his career in Germany, starting with Borussia Dortmund until joining Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2014.
Lewandowski has won the Bundesliga every season at the Allianz Arena, as well as the Champions League in 2020.
Lewandowski has the best Champions League record of any player.
Prior to the Round of 16 first-leg tie away to Salzburg, the Poland international had won a competition-record 22 straight matches for Bayern.
Last week’s defeat in the first leg of their match against Villarreal was his first in the tournament in 25 games.
Despite his 13 goals in this season’s competition, Bayern was unable to go past the quarterfinals.