Barcelona could rival Real Madrid in the race to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Robert Lewandowski is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Bayern Munich striker is also a target for arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski will go down in history as one of the best strikers of his generation, having gone from strength to strength during his time in Germany. The Pole first burst onto the limelight during his four-year stint with Borussia Dortmund but has taken his game up several notches since joining Bayern Munich in July 2014.

The 33-year-old has a staggering record of 331 goals and 68 assists in 359 appearances for Bayern Munich and is destined to finish the ongoing Bundesliga season as the top scorer. But the player’s future at the Allianz Arena is up in the air, as he has entered the final 18 months of his contract. Such a situation has captured the attention of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The interest from Real Madrid is surprising, considering Karim Benzema is nearly as old as Robert Lewandowski. While Los Blancos could be well served by laying down a succession plan for the Frenchman, it is hard to see how Lewandowski will fit in the scheme of things. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old could be a solid addition to the Real Madrid first team if he arrives from Bayern Munich in the summer.

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On the other hand, Barcelona could have a greater use of Lewandowski despite the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month. That is because Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong will likely depart Camp Nou in the summer transfer window, thereby necessitating the signing of a new striker.

Lewandowski is not the only striker on Barcelona’s radar, with the Blaugrana also weighing up the prospect of snapping up Erling Haaland and Alexander Isak. But Lewandowski could fit in their budget while also being accessible if he does not sign a new contract with Bayern Munich.

According to the report, Barcelona might also have a better chance of landing Lewandowski than Real Madrid, which could be the case because of Benzema’s presence in the first-team setup. But it does look like Barcelona will sign a striker for a third successive transfer window.

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