Bayern Munich: Barcelona initiate plans to sign Lewandowski

Barcelona step up efforts to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Barcelona step up efforts to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) /

The upcoming summer transfer window is set to be tricky for Bayern Munich. The Bavarian club may have to deal with intense speculation surrounding the future of Robert Lewandowski. Ahead of the talks with his agent for a new deal, reports from Spain suggest Barcelona is ready to go ahead with plans to sign Lewandowski in the summer.

According to Catalan journalist Gerard Romero, Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany held talks with Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi on Wednesday. The Catalan club is ready to pay a fee close to €35-40 million to sign the Polish striker. The Catalan journalist also reported that Lewandowski is open to taking a pay cut to join Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Spanish transfer journalist Matteo Moretto has also reported that Xavi has already held talks with Robert Lewandowski. He insisted that Barcelona has been working for months on this deal. The Spanish club has publicly not denied reports, so they surely have an interest in the player.

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic had recently ruled out Lewandowski’s departure in the summer. The Bavarian club is expected to hold talks with his agent on Thursday regarding a new deal, so more developments are likely to take place soon.

This is not the first summer when Die Roten has to deal with immense speculation regarding the future of Lewandowski. The Polish striker was eager to leave the club in 2018, but Bayern stood firm and entertained no offers for him. Lewandowski ended up signing a new deal in 2019.

Rekordmeister may not have a strong stance regarding Lewandowski’s future this summer. He has been the best striker in the world for the past three years, but the Bavarian club may think this is the last time to get some sort of fee for him. They will certainly ask for much more than €35-40 million, so Barcelona may have to dig deep in pockets to get him.

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From a sporting point of view, Bayern should take the hit and keep Robert Lewandowski for one more year. The transfer market for strikers is not exactly healthy, so there is no direct replacement for the quality of the Polish striker.

The contract talks between Zahavi and Bayern will be anything but cordial. The next few weeks are set to be eventful at Sabner Strasse. Zahavi looks determined to take his client away from Bavaria. It will be interesting to see how the club convinces the striker for the second time in four years to spend the rest of his career in the Bundesliga.