Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski could go on strike to force transfer

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski could go on strike to force a move to Barcelona. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski could go on strike to force a move to Barcelona. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /

The possible transfer of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona has seen a lot of twists and turns in the past few days. Bayern Munich is eager to keep the Polish striker, but he wants an imminent move to Barcelona instead of running down his contract. The Catalan club is also pushing for a move this summer by making three bids for him.

According to SportBild and Sport1, Bayern has rejected the third bid from Barcelona for Lewandowski. The Spanish club made a third bid worth €40 million-plus €5 million in bonuses earlier this week. The German Champions are looking for €60 million for the prolific striker. It remains to be seen if Barcelona will make an improved offer in the coming days.

Lewandowski is doing everything from his side to seal this deal. The Polish striker publicly expressed his desire to leave Bavaria on multiple occasions. He has requested Die Roten to sanction the transfer while talking to media on international duty, a move that didn’t go down well with the club CEO, Oliver Kahn.

As per Bild, the Polish forward may also go on strike to put pressure on Die Roten to part ways with him. The 33-year-old forward will have to report at Sabner Strasse next week for training before the squad departs for the USA for the pre-season tour.

The report from Sport1 does suggest that Die Roten did have informal contacts with Barcelona after the third bid. It is a positive sign for Lewandowski as Bayern has been unresponsive for the first two bids. However, the German Champions are adamant that they will not budge on their evaluation.

The situation will become untenable if Lewandowski goes on strike. The Polish striker was very professional when he wanted to leave in 2018. The club hierarchy will be hoping that he emulates similar behaviour this summer before both clubs find an agreement over the transfer fee.

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Since Lewandowski is so determined for a transfer, Bayern will be better served by granting his wish. However, they will be hoping to get the top fee for a prolific goalscorer. In an ideal scenario, the German champions should sort the replacement before sanctioning Lewandowski’s departure.

Barcelona has moved closer to Bayern’s demands with the third bid. Next week could be crucial for this transfer saga. If the Catalan club comes up with an offer exceeding €50 million, then it does look like Lewandowski will be in Blaugrana colours next season.