Not So Fast!
Two weeks ago, Robert Lewandowski, who’s now playing in the UEFA Nations League with Poland, said the following: “My era at Bayern is over. I don’t see any possibility to continue playing for this club anymore.”
There’s only one problem: Bayern Munich isn’t ready to part ways with Lewandowski. At least not without a fight.
Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern runs until June 2023. Therefore, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said the club expects Lewandowski to honor the deal. Losing Lewandowski would mean losing 29.7 goals per season. No wonder they don’t want to let him go.
The thing is, forcing a player to stay makes no sense. Just ask Real Madrid about Gareth Bale. Those were the most expensive soccer sessions in history. The point is,he won’t play at 100 percent. Plus, he would still be gone in a year, and for free.
That’s why, according to several reports, the Bundesliga champions changed their mind and now are willing to let him Lewandowski go for the right price. To be more specific, 50 million euros. Lewandowski is a beast, no doubt about it, but that’s a lot of money for a 34-year-old-player. Manchester City recently signed Erling Haaland (21 years) for about 100 million euros.
Even so, there are several teams interested, so let’s talk about the top contenders. Spoiler alert: The Italian Serie A isn’t an option.
It’s not a secret that Barcelona has financial problems. Nevertheless, Los Azulgranas are the favorites to sign Lewandowski. Can you imagine Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay playing together? That would make Barca an instant soccer betting favorite to win La Liga.
Signing Lewandowski would mean parting ways with Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The last piece of the puzzle would be Ousmane Dembele moving to London (Chelsea). That would make more room and, financially speaking, the club would take a breather.
Manchester United won the English Premier League for the last time in the 2012-13 season. New Red Devils head coach Erik ten Hag wants to change that, but he’s going to need a lot of help. Cristiano Ronaldo is also a beast, but he can’t do it all.
Curiously enough, the Red Devils could end up helping Barcelona sign Lewandowski. They’ve shown a lot of interest in Frenkie de Jong, who would be sold for 80-100 million euros. However, playing in what many consider the best league in the world could end up convincing Lewandowski.
Lewandowski and Ronaldo would be kind of unfair! for opponents.
Lewandowski has another option to end up playing in the EPL. Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner haven’t met expectations, which is why the Blues are in the hunt. Head coach Thomas Tuchel is the main reason for Lewandowski to consider joining Chelsea. Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp, Lewandowski’s head coach at Borussia Dortmund, have a similar style.
There’s also the fact that he would be surrounded by young, talented players such as Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.