Niko Kovač understands the vital role that Robert Lewandowski holds for Bayern Munich and is making an effort to try and convince the Polish striker that a future in Germany would be a good thing for everyone.
Kovač, however, has been following the whole “Lewy transfer saga” closely and knows all of the rumblings around a move are very public and widely reported on, as captured by AZ from this morning’s press conference.
We presume that Lewandowski will play for Bayern Munich next season as well. I told him how important he is for us. I gave him my appreciation. Our conversation wasn’t long, but it was to the point.
Later Kovač indicated that he provided his opinion on the possibility of a transfer to Lewandowski, but did not delve into exactly what was said.
I spoke with Lewa on the phone and gave him my standpoint. I’m looking forward to working with him.
Lewandowski’s unstable situation is certainly one of the key factors in what, if any, transfer strategy Bayern will have from this point forward during this window. With a contract running through 2021, any decision on Lewandowski’s future with Bayern will be made with close consideration.
Since February, Lewandowski has been linked to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Juventus among other power clubs. Should Bayern decide that the relationship is not salvageable, a move for Jann-Fiete Arp or Timo Werner would be a likely contingency plan. With Arp’s price tag being very manageable and Werner coming off a very unfulfilling World Cup, both players are probably realistic possibilities. The Bayern staff will need to examine what is real and what is not in terms of Lewandowski’s desire to leave - and just how far he will go to ensure that a move happens.
It is very easy to make a blanket statement that he will remain at Bayern no matter what, but the reality of Lewandowski’s desire to move on - and exactly what suitors are willing to pay - will assuredly play a role in how the team navigates these rough waters over the next two months.