Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona
Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona. Image Credits: Twitter

The transfer saga between Robert Lewandowski and FC Barcelona seems to be unending. The Catalans want to snap up the striker this summer who has openly expressed his wish to join them. Both Barcelona and Robert Lewandowski are doing everything possible to seal the deal before the pre-season starts. However, his current employers Bayern Munich have been stubborn in letting him go.

It all started in May this year when the Poland international rejected a contract extension. Bayern reportedly proposed an extension beyond his current deal which runs through the 2022/23 season. Lewandowski urged the club that he is seeking a new challenge and that he wants to leave in the summer. He further didn’t waste any time in confessing that he has set his heart on a transfer to Barcelona.

Robert Lewandowski nominated for the FIFA Best Player of the Year
Robert Lewandowski nominated for the FIFA Best Player of the Year

While Robert Lewandowski wants the move, the Bundesliga giants are firm on their stance. Lewandowski has one more year left on his contract which Bayern insist he sees out. But the striker, while on international duty last month said he cannot play for them anymore since “something has died inside me”. Barcelona has formally approached Bayern Munich for Lewandowski, only for the German club to reject every proposal.

Bayern suggest they want hefty fees for Robert Lewandowski

As Lewandowski had made up his mind, Barcelona quickly began to negotiate other details with his agent, Pini Zahavi. The player agent apparently shares a healthy relationship with Barca president Joan Laporta. The president took advantage of the same and instructed his sporting administration to put in place a formal contract.

Both the parties successfully did so as the striker agreed on personal terms and a three-year deal with the Catalans last month. The only hurdle between Lewandowski and that Blaugrana shirt is Bayern. While Zahavi had assured Barca that a fee of €40 million would do it, Bayern are in no mood to accept the fee.

Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich. Image Credits: Twitter

The Bavarians firstly are not willing to sell the 33-year-old striker. But they still entertained Barcelona’s opening bid of €40 million, only to bluntly reject it. As per fresh reports, Bayern are avoiding conveying the final price of Lewandowski to his agent in order to collapse any transfer. But the rumours are that Bayern are demanding €50 million for their prized asset. Furthermore, the deal could also rocket up to €75 million with Bayern looking to squeeze every penny out of the striker who has scored a staggering 344 goals in 375 games for them.

In that case, it is highly unlikely that Barca table an offer worth €75 million. They are already deep in financial troubles, and won’t want to indulge themselves in another lucrative signing. Nonetheless, Barcelona are still going to push for a deal as they prepare to submit another offer to Bayern.