Along with completing shrewd deals for incomings, Bayern Munich is also very efficient when it comes to selling players. The Bavarian club managed to get good value for players that wanted to leave last summer. Robert Lewandowski was the most successful departure from a financial point of view.
The Polish striker had only one year left on his contract. From the start of 2022, it was very evident that he wanted to leave Bayern and join FC Barcelona. His wish was fulfilled before the start of the pre-season tour when Barcelona agreed to pay a package of €50 million for his services.
It was a significant fee for a 34-year-old striker that had only one year left on his contract. The Spanish club ended up paying a fixed fee of €45 million, while the rest of the fee were performance-related bonuses. It does look like Die Roten will soon get the first part of the add-on fee from Barcelona.
According to Catalunya Radio (via iMiaSanMia), Barcelona will pay €1.25 million to Bayern after Lewandowski scored his 25th goal for the club. The Polish striker has been in fine form for the Spanish club, scoring 15 goals in La Liga. He is leading the club’s push for the La Liga title. Lewandowski also has a big role to play in the club’s pursuit of winning Copa Del Rey. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored)
Considering the quality of Lewandowski, it is not surprising to see Die Roten include such type of individual milestones as part of performance-related add-ons in the deal. The other bonuses are likely to be linked with other collective and individual honours for Lewandowski.
The Poland international is enjoying life in Spain while spearheading Xavi Hernandez’s project at Barcelona. While success in La Liga is looking likely for Lewandowski, it has been a season to forget in Europe. Barcelona was knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage. Bayern inflicted twin defeats on the Spanish club when the two sides met home and away in the group stages. The Catalan club was knocked out of Europa League by Manchester United on Wednesday.
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Nevertheless, Die Roten will look to complete similar sales in the future. Moving a player at the right time for a good fee should be a regularity for a club like Bayern. They need to remain efficient in buying and selling players to maintain a balance in the books and compete with other giants in Europe.