Update: 4:30PM EST — The latest numbers on Barca’s bid for Lewy
According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, FC Barcelona’s bid to Bayern Munich for Robert Lewandowski is €32 million plus €5 million in potential bonuses:
Update #Lewandowski: Bayern received a written offer last week via . Barca offers €32+5m bonus payments. Also due to BILD. Bosses have not answered this yet. Lewy had 2 video calls with Xavi. He told him about his project, that he needs him as a real No.9. @SkySportDE @Sky_Marc— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) May 23, 2022
According to a report from Bild, FC Barcelona have decided to submit an actual, official written offer for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, totaling around 32 million euros. This is below Bayern’s reported 40m euro valuation of the player, so it’s unlikely that this initial offer will allow the transfer to go ahead. Instead, expect this to be the first in a long series of negotiations between the two FCBs.
At least this puts Barca’s intentions for the transfer well beyond doubt. This isn’t a smokescreen — they’re looking to land their man. Now, €32m would be a tempting offer for any ordinary striker, especially one that is 33-years-old — BUT we’re not talking about any old striker here. Robert Lewandowski is the best striker in the world by some margin, and Bayern have no one on the squad who can replace him. Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic has been mentioned as a potential replacement, but the young Austrian is unlikely to replicate Lewandowski’s impact on the team (at least in the short term).
We’ve heard from the Bayern bosses that they definitely intend to keep Robert Lewandowski until the end of his contract, which expires in 2023. Clearly, Barcelona think there’s some wiggle room in that statement. The Catalans must believe that Bayern will consent to a sale if the price is right, and this initial €32m offer is simply the first step in negotiations. Assuming that Bayern rejects the offer — a fair assumption, given what we know — then Barcelona will have to come back with a bigger pot of money next time.
How far will they go? How much can they even afford? Guess we’ll find out soon enough, as this transfer saga doesn’t seem like it’ll go away any time soon.
Now much in the way of real updates to this story right now. Here’s what we have from Sport1:
Barcelona's bid for Robert Lewandowski was submitted in the past few days. The amount is around €30m. Barça have so far been waiting for an answer from Bayern [@SPORT1]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 21, 2022
And someone else says this:
A friend of Robert Lewandowski told @KoltonRoman: "Humanly speaking, they (Bayern) lost Robert. And this is beyond repair anymore"— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 21, 2022
Curious to learn why Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich? Well, the board had a lot to do with it. This was the major topic of our latest podcast episode, which you can listen to below or at this link.
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