Barcelona receive boost in Lewandowski pursuit

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Written by Martin Graham | May 13, 2022

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has told Bayern Munich he will not sign a new deal with the club amid speculation over a Barcelona transfer.

The 33-year-old is set to end his eight-year association with the German giants that has won eight consecutive Bundesliga titles and 19 overall titles. In six of those seasons, he also finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer, winning the Torjaegerkannone award.

His current contract at the club expires in 2023 and before his last announcement he was ready to extend it. He wishes for a three-year extension, but Bayern wanted a two-year extension. The Bavarians chose instead to chase Erling Haaland, until last weekend when it became certain he would be a Manchester City player next season.

Lewandowski is said to have been upset by the club’s decision to put Haaland ahead of him, which prompted him to decide not to renew his contract.

This puts Bayern Munich at a crossroads as they previously claimed they would not listen to any offers from the former Borussia Dortmund striker in the summer. The Bundesliga champions were confident of persuading Lewandowski to sign, but with his decision not to sign, they risk losing one of their best-selling free assets.

Barcelona offers Lewandowski the role of Messi

Polish television channel TVP Sport claims Barcelona is in the driving seat to secure the player’s signature and that the player’s latest decision has given them a boost in their pursuit of his signature.

report from Build After Lewandowski’s decision he now claims that the position of the Bavarians towards the captain of the Polish national team has softened and that they may listen to offers of 35 million euros and above. While this is Barcelona’s alley, they will have to finish a number of departures in order to raise funds for the transfer.

The Catalan club has just completed the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who spent a year on loan at Bayern Munich, to Aston Villa for an unknown fee of between 20 million and 25 million euros.

It is also reported that she is close to a €272 million investment from private equity firm CVC Capital which they will use to complete the financial details of Lewandowski’s signing.

Last month, it was reported that Barcelona would make Lewandowski the new Lionel Messi. This means that he will become the new face of the club, which will make him gain a lot of marketing benefits.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum