Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer, and Barcelona has expressed interest, with Pep Guardiola stating that the two may be a good fit.
Pep Guardiola believes Robert Lewandowski would fit in well at Barcelona, despite reports that the Polish striker is interested in joining the Catalan club.
Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern is set to expire in 2023, but he has stated that he has no plans to extend it and instead wants to leave.
After eight years with Bayern Munich, the 33-year-old has declared his intention to depart this summer.
He’s been extensively connected with a move to Barcelona, but Chelsea and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on the situation in case the potential deal falls through.
He lodged a transfer request last month, and when asked about his future recently, he didn’t hold back, accusing his present club of a lack of ‘loyalty and respect’ after eight trophy-laden years of service.
Since the season ended, Lewandowski has been practically nonstop in expressing his desire to leave Bayern.
The German giants, on the other hand, have so far refused to terminate his contract, which has one year remaining.
Onet Sport, a Polish publication, quoted him as saying, “I only want to get out of Bayern. More essential than the work is loyalty and respect. The greatest thing to do is work together to find a solution.
They refused to listen to me until the very end. Something inside of me died, and it’s hard for me to recover. You can’t make up for that, even if you want to be professional.”
Despite turning 34 in August, Lewandowski remains one of the most productive attackers in the world.
Last season, he scored 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern Munich, who won the Bundesliga by a comfortable margin.
For his continuous accomplishments for club and country, the attacker also earned the Ballon d’Or Striker of the Year award in 2021.
“To be honest, I have no idea, but would he be a good fit? It’s Lewandowski we’re talking about,” Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager who used to coach the striker at Bayern Munich, remarked on Sky Sports.
“He could easily adjust to any situation. But, given Barcelona’s financial condition, I’m not sure if they’ll be able to sign him or if Bayern [Munich] would let him go.”
Barcelona is also anxious to complete a deal, but their financial condition makes it difficult. In reality, despite everything, the Catalan club has continued with its transfer intentions.
Xavi wants to overhaul the squad, and free transfers for AC Milan’s Franck Kessie and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen have already been agreed.
The Dane could soon be joined by his Blues teammates, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpiliueta. They join a squad that includes £50 million Ferran Torres and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Bayern Munich is seldom driven into the transfer market by its own players, and the veteran star’s actions have astonished the club.
When Munich president Herberet Hainer reminded the striker that he had a contract to fulfill, he laid down the law.
“Robert Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern Munich runs through June 30, 2023, as we’ve always stated. And, above all, a contract is a contract!” Hainer stated.
“What are we going to do if a player may cancel a contract early and we, as a club, are obligated to pay him in full till the deal expires? That can’t be correct; it can’t be that way.
I’m shocked Robert decided to go public; if I were him, I wouldn’t have done so.
He’s been with Bayern for a long time and has helped us win several trophies.
I believe he is fully aware of what he has at Bayern, namely a club that values its players and goes to great lengths to ensure that they perform at their best.”