Update 2:20PM EST — More sources confirm Lewy wants out and is aiming to join FC Barcelona this summer
Sky’s Florian Plettenberg is now in and has also confirmed that Robert Lewandowski will not extend his contract and wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer:
Update #Lewandowski: It‘s correct, he definitely won’t extend his contract beyond 2023! Also according to BILD. He has informed the bosses last week personally. He wants to seek a new challenge. His departure this summer is not excluded anymore. @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) May 12, 2022
Plettenberg had more in a follow-up tweet as well:
❗️Update #Lewandowski: He still wants to join @FCBarcelona! It’s his dream destination. Talks are ongoing and hot. Lewy would like to leave the club after that season. It all depends on the first concrete talks between #FCBayern and #FCBarcelona. @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) May 12, 2022
German outlet kicker has also chimed in:
Bayern bosses are not ruling out selling Lewandowski this summer, but it depends on two conditions:— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 12, 2022
• Finding a suitable successor
• Getting a satisfying transfer fee (around €40m)
Bild’s initial report is behind its Bild+ paywall:
Lewandowski decision made! @BILD
Sport1 journalist Kerry Hau confirmed a report from Bild that FC Bayern Munich’s Polish talisman, Robert Lewandowski, decided months ago to not renew his contract in Bavaria and wants to leave the club this summer. Hau further reports that Lewandowski’s preferred destination is what we’ve been reading about for weeks now: FC Barcelona.
Robert #Lewandowski hat dem #FCBayern mitgeteilt, seinen Vertrag nicht zu verlängern und den Verein im Sommer verlassen zu wollen. Zuerst hatte @BILD_Bayern berichtet.— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) May 12, 2022
Diese Entscheidung hat Lewandowski schon vor Monaten gefällt. Sein Wunschziel ist der #FCBarcelona. @SPORT1
If true, this is surely going to be a polarizing decision as many Bayern Munich fans would have preferred Bayern stop at nothing to renew the contract of Lewandowski.
Some of the reactions to this news have been predictably upset as losing Lewandowski is a major blow. Meanwhile, others view this potential move as a way to diversify and overall improve the offense by not running everything through Lewandowski. Nonetheless, we will keep you appraised of any new details that emerge as they become available.