Update: 1:20PM EST — Barca offering a three-year deal
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has had two “direct contacts” with FC Barcelona manager Xavi. In addition, FC Barcelona is reportedly offering Lewandowski a deal through 2025:
Robert Lewandowski has already had two direct contacts with Xavi. The plan is still clear, contract until June 2025 discussed - it’s up to the clubs now. #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 19, 2022
There are no talks with any other club yet - as he wants Barcelona as priority.
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Update: 11:50AM EST — Barca could go up to €60 million
According a report from AS, FC Barcelona could bid up to €60 million on Lewandowski:
Now comes, in any case, the most complicated part of the process: opening negotiations with Bayern, a club considered “very complicated” in this regard. As this newspaper has been able to learn, Barcelona is not willing to exceed in any case the bar of 60 million euros, especially considering the age of the player (in August he turns 34 years old) and that next year his contract ends and he would leave for free.
The club believes that Bayern will not be able to ignore an offer of this magnitude, especially because of the pressure being exerted by the player himself, who has made it very clear that he wants to live one last soccer experience in the elite.
The arrival of Lewandowski could produce a chain effect within the Barcelona squad, with the more than likely departure of Memphis Depay this summer, since the position of 9 would be doubled by the Pole and Aubameyang. It should be remembered that the Dutch striker finishes his contract next year and it would be a valid formula to get some additional income for the player.
Would you take €60 million for Lewandowski — or keep him for another season?
Per a report by Barca Universal, Polish journalist Borek Mati revealed that FC Barcelona will be initiating an official bid for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. Barca’s bid will be in the range of €40 million to €45 million, which the Catalans believe is sufficient to convince the Bavarians to sell the Polish striker. With one year left on Lewy’s contract, the Bayern brass will have to make a decision whether to encash the 33-year-old now or lose him on a free transfer next summer.
Lewy’s intention to leave the club has been made clear and Barcelona are the frontrunners to obtain his signature. Bayern, on their part are on the hunt for a replacement. Sebastian Haller, Sadio Mane and Saša Kalajdžić are being considered by the club as potential replacements for the Pole.
Despite current developments, club President Herbert Hainer, has been adamant about wanting Lewandowski to fulfil his contract. Assuming the bid amount is fairly accurate, Bayern’s inclination to sell, will depend more on securing a replacement rather than the price itself. Should they manage to not sign even a single forward, the likelihood of Lewy staying another year is very high and Bayern wouldn’t mind losing out on the €40 million.
Barcelona have so far stuck to signing free agents lately after their financial fiasco. Lewy will be their first big purchase since their change in transfer strategy, should the move happen this summer. With what Lewy brings to the table, especially when going up against their rivals Real Madrid with an in-form Benzema, this price is still a bargain. Having said that, Aubameyang and Memphis Depay are good players and this move for Lewandowski by Barca is confusing from a Bayern fan’s perspective. What do you think? Is the price sufficient or should Bayern push for more, let us know what you make of the bid.