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Update: The “real” numbers on FC Barcelona’s bid for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski as clubs prepare for meeting

Could this be the bid that seals the deal for FC Barcelona?

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Update — 7:00AM EST — Barca’s bid to fall south of €50 million?

According to Sport, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona will be meeting in the near future to discuss a deal for Robert Lewandowski, but the numbers might have been a bit exaggerated — at least in terms of the base bid:

Barça’s offer is more likely to be €40m plus up to €8-10m in add-ons. From here, it’s a case of clarifying postures and sorting the final details. Barcelona’s move for Robert Lewandowski is about to move into the final straight. Reports in Germany say a meeting between the Catalan club and Bayern Munich will kick start negotiations next week.

Even for a player like to hit incentives like Lewandowski, a base bid of €50 million just seems more fitting than €40 million even with some add-ons included. That might seem like splitting hairs, but Lewandowski’s incredible run — even at an advancing age — should hold more value.

According to a report from Tz reporters Mano Bonke and Philipp Kessler (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), FC Barcelona is preparing to submit a €50 million bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

The figure of €50 million could be significant as it has been rumored that Bayern Munich has that total as its “magic number” for a sale of the Polish superstar. Even with richer clubs like Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in Lewandowski, the striker and his family have allegedly been zeroed in on a move to FC Barcelona for quite some time.

It should also be noted that while the €50 million bid might be attractive to Bayern Munich on the surface, the Bavarians still hold leverage in the situation as Lewandowski’s deal does not expire until 2023. Should Bayern Munich assess that Lewandowski is worth more on the pitch than what FC Barcelona can offer for a transfer fee, the club could make Lewandowski see out the rest of his contract.

If that would happen, the relationship between the player and the club could take a turn for the worse.

If you want to hear our thoughts on the Robert Lewandowski’s potential transfer to FC Barcelona, check out the Weekend Warm-up Podcast:

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