Bayern Munich thought they had it bad when Sadio Mané flamed out in the 2022/23 season and had to ship him out after one season, but they were fortunate enough to land Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur to replace the ex-Liverpool FC winger. The man those two both intended to replace, Robert Lewandowski, is not doing so hot at FC Barcelona.
According to a report from Abendzeitung, the 35-year-old Poland international is at risk of being replaced after the Catalans signed young Brazil talent Vitor Roque from Athletico Paranense; the 18-year-old will sign for the club in 2024. Barca sporting director Deco even went as far as to declare Vitor Roque as the club’s forward going, well, forward.
“We all want Vitor Roque to come as early as possible”, Deco said. “He’s my bet, Xavi’s bet and the club’s bet. We will do everything we can to have him in January. We know the La Liga regulations. There have been some changes that can help us.”
Despite winning the Pichichi last season, Blaugranes coach Xavi is banking on the youth to carry Barcelona such as Marc Guiu, Fermín López, and Lamine Yamal. People were quick to point out that the system and supporting cast do not benefit Lewy, granted that Bayern and Barca have completely different playing styles and players (the glaring lack of a Thomas Müller at Barca). Time is running out for the former Bayern number 9 to try and bring himself back to his best.
Meanwhile, Bayern have issues of their own.
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