Robert Lewandowski clearly wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer. It has also long been apparent that the Polish striker wishes to move to Spain.
Earlier in his career, it was believed that he wanted to go to Real Madrid, both when at Borussia Dortmund and while at Munich. There is just one location in mind for now.
Lewandowski is desperate to join Barcelona. The athlete has even verbally agreed to a three-year contract with the Spanish club. However, reaching a deal with Bayern Munich to trade him will be challenging.
Bayern Munich has said that Lewandowski still has a year remaining on his contract, but the striker is beginning to throw himself a public pity party.
It gives the athlete an unprofessional appearance and makes it difficult to sell him, especially because he is only interested in moving to one team.
To begin with, all of the club’s directors and executives have stated repeatedly that they are happy to keep him for one more season if he does not choose to extend his contract.
However, behind closed doors, the situation is less clear. Barcelona is well aware that the German club will never pay less than 50 million euros.
The Catalan club was not expecting to reach this level. Their plan was to pay no more than 40 million euros, considering all variables. Bayern Munich has no intention of selling the player for this sum.
In reality, Bayern does not intend to meet with Barcelona if their offer falls below this threshold, and even then, they will merely contemplate selling the player.
The issue is that before releasing Lewandowski, Bayern must have a successor in mind, which has yet to materialise. There are currently no high-level center-forwards available on the market.
There isn’t much to pick from. Erling Haaland was the leading candidate, but he has already committed to Manchester City.
After meeting with his agent, Sasa Kalajdzic, Stuttgart’s center-forward, has been mentioned. Darwin Nunez, Benfica’s center-forward, is also in the mix.
This guy is undeniably talented, but his asking price of more than 100 million euros makes a transfer implausible.
Clubs in the Premier League are significantly better equipped to pay such a price.