It has been an eventful week when it comes to the future of Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich. After much deliberation throughout the season, the Bavarian club opened talks with Pini Zahavi to gauge the player’s demands and make their stance clear about his future.
According to Bild, the outcome of the meeting between Die Roten and Zahavi has been disappointing for Lewandowski. The Polish forward was looking to get some sort of clarity about his future, but as expected, more rounds of talks will be needed to resolve the situation.
Bild also reports that Lewandowski is tilting towards a move away from Die Roten in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, Die Roten has no plans to part ways with the prolific goalscorer. Hasan Salihamidzic publicly insisted last weekend that Lewandowski will be playing in the Bayern shirt next season.
Meanwhile, Sport1 is reporting that Bayern told Zahavi that they would not sell Lewandowski in the summer unless there is no big fee paid for him and no suitable replacement in sight. Zahavi also told the club hierarchy about the conditions needed for a contract renewal.
Lewandowski is reportedly looking for a longer deal. The Bavarian club has been handing out shorter contracts to players above 30, so they will have to make an exception for the Polish striker. Moreover, the 33-year-old striker may also demand a raise in wages. He is currently the highest earner in the first team, so it remains to be seen whether Die Roten will further stretch the wage bill to extend his contract.
The most likely destination for Robert Lewandowski is Barcelona if he decides to leave Bavaria. Other European clubs may also join the race when the window opens in June. The Spanish club has been working on a deal to sign him by holding talks with Zahavi. However, Barcelona is yet to open talks with Die Roten regarding a transfer fee. Things may accelerate at the end of the season if Bayern struggles to find an agreement with Zahavi for a new deal.
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The next few weeks will be defining for this transfer saga. Rekordmeister will be hoping to keep hold of Robert Lewandowski for at least one more season since it is difficult to find the right replacement for possibly the best number nine on the planet. The club’s financial resolve is set to be tested in the coming weeks as Zahavi is known for playing the right cards on the negotiation table.