Will Robert Lewandowski extend his contract with FC Bayern or not? There has been speculation for weeks that the striker is moving to FC Barcelona. Now a new rumor from Poland is doing the rounds, according to which Lewandowski finally decided for the Catalans.
Like the Polish TV channel TVP reported, Lewandowski is said to have reached an agreement on a change with FC Barcelona after a conference call with club officials. He has also already informed the people of Munich that he has decided not to extend his contract with FC Bayern, which expires in 2023, and to leave the club.
According to the report, Lewandowski was “disappointed” that Bayern Munich were hesitant to start contract talks.
The message from Poland is at least hasty: According to information from SPOX and Goal, it is possible that Robert Lewandowski will leave Bayern in the summer, but there has not been an agreement with FC Barcelona. Rather, initial talks between Lewandowski and Bayern have been agreed in the coming weeks.
In addition, according to the statutes, FC Barcelona is only allowed to officially negotiate with Lewandowski half a year before the end of the contract without the permission of Bayern. In other words, before Lewandowski could agree on terms with a new club, FC Bayern would first have to agree to negotiations.
FC Bayern: Lewandowski departure possible, but not decided
In principle, Lewandowski’s departure after the end of the season, possibly also to FC Barcelona, is possible, but as mentioned; his advisor Pini Zahavi is said to have been exploring the market for weeks. However, the message from Poland seems a bit hasty.
FC Bayern officials last commented on Lewandowski’s contract situation at the end of March. “We have always said that we will sit down together and that is a high priority for us,” said Kahn ZDF.
But one sticking point: the salary. Lewandowski is one of the absolute top earners at Bayern and should have a salary of around 25 million euros including bonuses.
“We have to make sure that our quality in the team and the economic component match. We still have a pandemic and not a full stadium,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “It’s a difficult period financially, but we’re trying to find our way.”