On a recent episode of Sport1’s “Meine Bayern-Woche” podcast, Florian Plettenberg revealed that Robert Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi has asked Bayern Munich’s front office what their future plans are for the Polish ace (Fussball Transfers).
Bayern’s front office has already been clear that a summer sale of Lewandowski is absolutely out of the question, but Zahavi wanted to ask further questions since his client will be 33-years-old this summer. Lewandowski himself had recently hinted at a possible contract extension at Bayern in the same breath that he said he can imagine himself playing at a top level for at least another “three or four years.”
It’s worth remembering the lengths Zahavi went to back in 2018 when he was trying to broker a deal to have Lewandowski movie to Real Madrid. At the time, Lewandowski had voiced his frustration with Bayern’s front office for what he perceived as lackluster transfer policies, as the club wasn’t making good enough signings. Of course, between then an now, Zahavi also tossed gasoline onto the fire of his relationship with Bayern’s front office and board during David Alaba’s contract negotiations, which resulted in Uli Hoeness calling him a “greedy piranha.” Ultimately, Lewandowski wound up signing a contract extension in the summer of 2019, which currently expires in June 2023. If he were to sign another extension with Bayern, it would likely be the last major contract he sign as a professional.
Obviously, Lewandowski cannot play for Bayern forever, as much as we would all like that. Eventually, he will have to be replaced by a top quality striker who will have massive boots to fill. Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has been the name most often touted to be Lewandowski’s long term replacement at Bayern, but that situation is “delicate” right now given how many clubs across Europe are interested in singing him.
From Bayern’s perspective, they don’t won’t to speak about him right now to unnecessarily stoke any fires or cause controversy, burning any possible bridges or chances they would have in eventually signing the Norwegian striker. For now, they will wait until this season concludes, as a release clause becomes active in Haaland’s contract at Dortmund next season. His current contract with them runs through June 2024 and the release clause would be somewhere around €75 million next season.