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Lewandowski challenges Bayern to play for Barça

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Robert Lewandowski, who turns 34 on August 21, wants to play for Barcelona next season. It’s not just a wish but he’s ready to challenge Bayern Munich to force his move to the Camp Nou. It is therefore not surprising that the attitude of the Polish national striker at the Barça club is as satisfying as it is irritating for the Bundesliga champions. The German institution cites the contract they have with the player until June 30, 2023.

Bayern won’t even allow negotiations because it doesn’t occur to him that “a ruined team” like Barcelona can fund the incorporation of one of Europe’s top scorers. The response from the Camp Nou is that the board has sought the approval of the general meeting to raise liquidity and offer Lewandowski a three-season contract of around €10m a year and pay around €40m to Bayern. Sometimes in Munich you don’t believe Barça.

Despite the German club playing deaf, they don’t stop sending messages and emissaries to Lewandowski. The last was that of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic: “We expect you in the first training session on July 8th,” the highest sports authority asked the footballer, who is spending the summer in Mallorca. “We work very hard. If everything that was presented to me last week comes to fruition, we will have a very attractive team next year and Lewandowski will be there,” concluded Honorary President Uli Hoeneß sports1.

a new team

The team prepared by Julian Nagelsmann, the coach for whom Bayern paid 25 million euros, has already announced as news Gravenberch, Mazraoui and Sadio Mané, the Liverpool striker who has already passed the medical and put on the Bayern jacket. The arrival of Mané, whose contract ended in 2023, does not necessarily mean Lewandowski’s departure.

Bayern, champions of the league for the tenth straight season, are looking to buy time and try to complete a better squad after beating Borussia Monchengladbach in the cup and knocking Villarreal out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals. “If you don’t have an alternative, which seems difficult, I would recommend that he stays for another year and then we’ll see if he goes on a free transfer or is extended,” they emphasize from the sports sector in relation to the Bundesliga shooter.

However, Lewandowski is confirmed in the speech he offered earlier this month when he arrived in Warsaw to play in the League of Nations. “I don’t see a way to continue at the club. My story at FC Bayern is over, something died in me,” he said, adding last Tuesday: “I asked for my transfer because it’s the best solution in the current situation because the club has money in exchange can get.” FC Bayern directors didn’t exactly like it.

The Polish forward also doesn’t forget that he was ignored by the German club as last year he announced his willingness to extend and upgrade the contract signed until 2023. Bayern briefly forgot Lewandowski, because he only renews the players from season to season, who are over 30 years old and at the same time ensure the continuity of Neuer, Müller, Kimmich, Coman and Goretzka. Lewandowski then decided to leave Munich.

And the destination he has chosen is Barcelona. Chelsea or PSG don’t seem to care about him. He wants to play at the Camp Nou and Xavi is eagerly awaiting him on July 16 when the team begins their pre-season tour of the United States. The Barça manager believes that Lewandowski is a priority requirement for his team to be competitive, just as the board understands his arrival would help elevate the Barça brand.

The federation suits both parties and also has the approval of players’ agent Pini Zahavi, a good friend of Barça President Joan Laporta and very distant from the Bayern command. Barcelona have been in need of goals since Messi’s departure and Lewandowski is an accomplished striker: 344 goals in 374 games for Bayern, 46 in the last three seasons with averages ranging from 1.12 to 1.31 goals per game. Barça needed three strikers – Memphis (12), Aubameyang (11) and Luuk de Jong (6) – to score 29 goals, one fewer than Messi scored in his last season at the Camp Nou.

With the midfield line-up secured, Xavi is looking to reinforce areas with Lewandowski and Koundé, having already agreed to add Kessié and Christensen. So far, none of them have been able to register in the league because they have not fulfilled them fair play financially, a circumstance that has not gone unnoticed by the Polish player and especially his agent. Barcelona urgently need to capitalize on the asset sale agreed with the sponsors and then send an unmistakable message to the market, nothing like Lewandowski’s, with the official announcement of a signing that can be registered with the club’s employers’ association.

“We will talk from September 2nd,” they claim the day after the market closes in Bavaria, while in Barça’s sports sector they continue to negotiate agreements dependent on the sports policy of Laporta, who would rather seek his life than agree with Javier Tebas, the president of the league. The Camp Nou is now a large waiting room from which even a battering ram like Lewandowski escapes at lightning speed.

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