- Robert Lewandowski has refused to extend his contract with Bayern Munich and could leave as a free agent after the 2022/2023 season
- Bayern Munich are faced with the dilemma of cashing in on their best player this summer, without having a replacement or losing him on a free transfer next season
- Barcelona are the leading candidates to sign the prolific forward with both head coach Xavi Hernandez and club President Joan Laporta huge admirers.
Top European clubs have been put on high alert after Robert Lewandowski reiterated his desire to quit Bayern Munich after the end of his contract. Lewandoski’s current deal runs up to the end of next season.
Bayern Munich are now faced with the prospect of cashing in on the Polish captain or let him leave for free next season. Lewandowski is keen to try out another league before he draws the curtains to an illustrious career.
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Considered one of the best finishers in world football, Lewandowski should attract a sizeable number of suitors. Barcelona are understood to be among the leading candidates to land the lethal hitman.
The Catalans head coach Xavi Hernandez is said to be an admirer of Lewandowski. Xavi is in the process of reconstructing Barcelona.
Lewandowski was angered by Bayern's pursuit of Haaland
Goal.com reports that the Bavarian giants do not have a direct replacement lined up for Lewandowski. Selling him this summer without replacing him could be disastrous. Their previous targets of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi have since secured new clubs.
The Mirror further reports that Lewandowski was angered by Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Haaland. He has now refused to sign a new contract. The 33-year-old was quizzed about his future by Sky Germany in March and he said
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I am open to everything. I am quiet. It is important for me to be able to focus on my game, always on what can happen in the last match. Everything that remains to be done regarding the contracts is a secondary issue and remains in the background.
Dembele's contract is still unresolved
And even as Laporta chases Lewandowski, he still has to decide whether or not to renew Ousmane Dembele’s contract.
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is leading calls to have the club extend Dembele’s contract.
Dembele had fallen out with the Barcelona hierarchy in January but his explosive form this year might make Laporta change his mind.