The summer transfer window is set to be dominated by the future of Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich as the contract renewal is still not in sight. The Polish striker currently has less than 18 months left on a current deal. Tuesday saw significant developments regarding the future of Lewandowski.
Earlier in the day, TVP Sport in Poland reported that Robert Lewandowski wants to join Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The Polish media outlet insisted that Lewandowski has already informed the hierarchy at Bayern about his desire to join the Catalan club in the summer. Moreover, Barcelona has also agreed to personal terms with the Polish striker.
As soon as news broke out in Poland, the German media outlets also started providing an update on the situation. According to Sport1, Lewandowski is yet to inform Die Roten about his decision. He will make a decision about his future after holding contract talks with the Bavarian club.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports in Germany has reported that Xavi wants Lewandowski at Barcelona and the prolific striker is also keen on moving to Spain. The Polish forward could be offered a 2-3 year deal with wages worth €35-40 million/year. The German broadcast outlet also insisted that Lewandowski is yet to tell Bayern about moving to Spain.
In Spain, transfer journalist Matteo Moretto is reporting that Pini Zahavi has already held multiple rounds of talks with Barcelona president Joan Laporta for signing Robert Lewandowski in the summer. The Polish striker has given the green signal after talking to Xavi about the project at Barcelona.
At the end of March, it was reported that Zahavi had already held talks with Laporta for Lewandowski. Things seem to have accelerated in the two weeks, but there is still a lot of work to do for Barcelona to make this transfer happen.
Bayern has been deliberating over a new deal for Lewandowski since the start of the season. The club hierarchy has publicly hinted that the Polish striker can retire in Bavaria. However, the praise and assurances have not translated into negotiations for a new deal.
The Bavarian club has a strained relationship with Pini Zahavi as both parties couldn’t reach an agreement over a new deal for David Alaba last season. He managed to bring Alaba to Real Madrid. It does look like wheels are in motion to secure a move to Barcelona for Lewandowski.
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Die Roten can reject bids in the summer and allow Lewandowski to leave Bavaria on a free transfer in 2023. This approach will be sensible for the German club since replacing the incredible output of Lewandowski is very difficult in the current market. Nevertheless, the situation around Lewandowski’s future will be clear in the next month or so as we enter the final stretch of the season.