Update: July 16th, 7:15PM EST — Robert Lewandowski says goodbye to his Bayern Munich teammates
The transfer is almost done. Today, Lewandowski said goodbye to all his teammates. The striker hugged each member of the squad and staff. He will be an FC Barcelona player soon. All we're waiting for is the official announcement.
Update: July 15th, 6:30PM EST — FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich reach an agreement for Robert Lewandowski
Looks like it's done. As reported by multiple sources and corroborated by Florian Plettenberg, Robert Lewandowski is about to join Barcelona. The player will not take part in the team presentation tomorrow.
End of an era for this club.
X News #Lewandowski: Total agreement and DONE DEAL also and first via @DiMarzio. Bayern has accepted the final offer from Barcelona tonight. Lewy will join Barca in the next hours. @SkySportDE @westsven @Sky_Marc— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 15, 2022
In terms of the transfer fee, it looks like Bayern were forced to budge on their initial valuation. Barcelona will pay around €45m + €5m in bonuses.
News #Lewandowski: He will sign a contract until 2025 plus one year optional. His plan is to fly to Barcelona tomorrow. Signing on Sunday probably. Transfer fee: Around €45m guaranteed plus around €5m bonus as also reported via different medias confirmed. @SkySportDE https://t.co/IKDfMTQ63u— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 15, 2022
Update: July 15th, 11:00AM EST — Barcelona and Bayern Munich have a tentative deal in place for Robert Lewandowski
According to a report by Polish journalist Tomasz Włodarczyk, who has been on top of the Lewy saga all summer, Barcelona and Bayern have an unofficial agreement in place for Robert Lewandowski.
Only a few formalities are left to sort out, and the deal could be completed before Bayern’s team presentation tomorrow. In addition, sources in Germany and Spain are also reporting that there are significant movements in the Lewandowski saga today.
A deal could be announced very soon.
The Robert Lewandowski saga is nothing if not confusing. Yesterday we had news that FC Barcelona could not register their new signings if Frenkie de Jong isn’t shipped off to Manchester United. Today, Bild reports that the Catalans are preparing to submit a “significantly higher” bid to Bayern Munich in order to finalize a transfer before the club leaves for preseason in the United States.
According to the report, both sides are aware that a solution needs to be found soon. Lewandowski’s relationship with the fans has deteriorated significantly in the past few weeks, and it is unknown whether he will participate in Bayern’s public team presentation on Saturday. Barcelona, meanwhile, want to secure Lewandowski’s services before he leaves with Bayern on their US tour.
Of course, this whole situation is marred by contradictory reporting. There’s ambiguity over whether Barca can afford anyone at all without selling de Jong or activating the second lever (whatever that means). Spanish news sources have been notoriously unreliable with their stories this summer, even the ones considered solid. Gerard Romero, who is considered a Tier 1 source and close to Laporta, says that the transfer is only 80-85% likely even at this stage:
| @gerardromero: “Robert Lewandowski will 80-85% join FC Barcelona.”— Managing Barça (@ManagingBarca) July 14, 2022
In any case, it looks like this saga could drag on. We’ll keep you updated as the stories come out.