Lewandowski is leaving Bayern waiting for a decisive gesture from Barça to sign him

Lewandowski is leaving Bayern waiting for a decisive gesture from Barça to sign him

BarcelonaRobert Lewandowski is a great specialist in facing a hut. This is shown by the enormous ability to score goals he has shown over the last decade, especially in the Bundesliga, first in Dortmund and then in Bayern. True to that spirit, this Saturday the Polish striker has taken a decisive step in managing his immediate future as a footballer. Opposed to the Bavarian club for his renewal – he does not want to keep his salary or give him another three years contract – he has used the last league match – in which he has scored one of the team’s two goals – to stage a farewell with the fans and explain publicly that he has decided to change his mind. “I want to leave, I will not extend my contract with Bayern. I hope both sides find a solution,” said Lewandowski, who has been re-awarded the Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer this year. He will turn 34 in August, but his performance is undisputed. He has not been injured all year and has scored 50 goals in all competitions (35 in the Bundesliga, 13 in the Champions League and 2 in the Super Cup).

The smell of the Pole and his interest in exploring new challenges is a very interesting combination for Barça, who need reasons to get excited in a context of economic precariousness and sporting darkness. Pini Zahavi, the footballer’s representative, has a great relationship with Joan Laporta, Barça’s president, who also helps. With Erling Haaland leaving for Manchester City, Lewandowski has become the first choice to wear the number 9 next season at the Camp Nou. So much so that the fair play is overdone for major operations and that none of the famous three economic levers (CVC, BLM, Barça Studios) have yet to materialize to save the club from losses. The plan to recruit Bayern’s goal man needs slow fire in parallel with the work of the offices, and it was necessary to stage an end of the cycle at this point in the game. Even the Bavarians, who until now had been inflexible with the footballer’s intentions, have had to admit that the issue is serious. “I spoke to him and he told me he did not want to accept the renewal,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who also recalled that a contract is in force until 2023.

No hi ha ‘fair play’ per res

The two gestures, that of Lewandowski and that of Bayern, pass the buck to Barça, who have been waiting for events in recent weeks and now have to take action with an economic offer to soften the Germans. With his pocket a little less empty after selling Coutinho to Aston Villa and the door open to a possible transfer of Frenkie de Jong, the Barça club already knows that they will have to offer a minimum of 30 million to recruit the most effective striker. of the continent. In the meantime, the sports management and the economic area will have to generate savings so that the operation can fit into the salary limits set by the League. Please note that the club is in the negative and can only register under the 1/4 or 1/3 rule. That is, depending on the assets that come out, to sign up new players you must first release the equivalent of three or four times its value. The work in the offices will be hard in this regard. Starting with two new ones already closed, those of Kessié and Christensen, which right now could not be registered.

In the pre-match press conference against Getafe this Sunday (7.30pm, M. LaLiga), Barça coach Xavi Hernández had to answer several questions about sports planning. In line with what he had said in previous appearances, Egarenc insisted on the need to “have two competitive players per position”, a premise that the current squad does not meet. He also focused on the economic issue, specifically when he was given the opportunity to see De Jong away from the Camp Nou. “It’s very important for me. He’s almost always been a starter, except when he had to rotate because he was tired. For me it’s fundamental, but we all depend on Barça’s financial situation,” said Xavi, who is aware that he will have to give up if he wants to strengthen certain areas of the field. In relation to the advanced age of futurists like Lewandowski, the Catalan coach defended his performance above age: “I signed Alves at the age of 38. There are players who take great care of themselves. Look at Ibrahimovic, Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi … The important thing is not the age, but to improve what we have “.

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