According to a source from Spain, Barcelona will make their final offer for Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich the following week in an attempt to finalize a deal.
Lewandowski, the top scorer in the Bundesliga, has been lobbying for a transfer to the LaLiga giants and appears to be close to getting his desire after the German champions reportedly demanded a fee of £43 million.
Barcelona is hopeful that they can put out an offer that quickly settles the issue after Lewandowski’s representative, Pini Zahavi, met with Bayern, according to Sport.
According to a source on Saturday, Barcelona’s initial bid of £30 million plus approximately £4 million in add-ons was rejected.
The 33-year-old has declared that his “era at Bayern” is finished and expressed his desire to leave the team, where he has surpassed legendary striker Gerd Muller’s records for the most goals in a calendar year and a single season.
The Catalan suitors of the Poland captain are reportedly just a step away from signing Lewandowski after a quick round of negotiations that left little opportunity for compromise.
There have been worries that Barcelona won’t be able to match Bayern’s valuation of the current FIFA Men’s Best Player due to their well-known financial difficulties.
Lewandowski, who has a contract with Bayern through 2023, is likely to join his teammates for preseason training on July 12 if he decides to extend his eight-year stay in Munich.
With the addition of Sadio Mane from Liverpool, the German champions have also bolstered their front line.
Prior to his first full season in command, Barcelona manager Xavi views Lewandowski as the ideal spearhead for his rebuild.
Since joining Barca from Arsenal in February, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the team’s offensive captain. Barca has won the Champions League five times.
In 2021/22, LaLiga winners Real Madrid finished 13 points in front of Xavi’s team in second place while tallying 12 more league goals.