Barcelona will reportedly need to lodge a straight cash offer worth €40 million to sign 33-year-old Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Bayern Munich will demand a straight cash bid worth €40 million to sell Robert Lewandowski if push comes to shove. Barcelona wanted to consider offering a part-exchange deal to land the 33-year-old striker, but the Bundesliga champions are not interested.
Robert Lewandowski has been nothing short of sensational since joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund nearly eight years ago. The Polish international has scored goals for fun during this period, winning the Torjägerkanone in most seasons while breaking several records along the way.
Lewandowski is on course to win the Bundesliga Golden Boot again this term while guiding Bayern Munich to the title, amassing 32 goals and three assists in 30 league outings thus far. But the Bavarian giants are in a spot of bother over the 33-year-old’s long-term, with his contract running out in a little over a year. Such a situation has captured the attention of Barcelona.
Barcelona will delve into the market for a striker in the summer transfer window, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent inconsistent form bound to strengthen their resolve further. But with Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong destined to depart from Camp Nou, the Catalan giants have no choice but to invest in a centre-forward anyway.
Lewandowski has thus emerged as a viable target after it emerged that erstwhile priority target Erling Haaland was beyond their means. But Bayern Munich will fight tooth and nail to keep Barcelona’s prying hands away from Lewandowski, keeping the Pole beyond the summer transfer window.
While CEO Oliver Kahn has explicitly stated that Lewandowski will still be at the Allianz Arena in the 2022/23 season, president Herbert Hainer recently revealed that the 33-year-old striker is in talks with the Bundesliga champions over a new contract. And while Barcelona had been exploring ways to sign Lewandowski, he looks set to stay put at the Bavarian club.
Even if push came to shove, Bayern Munich would not have accepted a part-exchange deal, even as some reports had suggested that Barcelona might consider that avenue. The Bundesliga champions will demand €40 million to part with the Polish striker, although it does not look like he is going anywhere.