Barcelona agree €50m transfer for Lewandowski
The Blaugrana have, at the end of a protracted pursuit, finally put a deal in place that is set to bring a prolific Polish striker onto their books.
Barcelona have finally reached an agreement with Bayern Munich that will see them sign Robert Lewandowski for a reported €50 million (£42m/$50m). The prolific Polish striker has been a top target for La Liga heavyweights since the spring, when it first emerged that he could be looking to leave the German champions. Bayern have stood firm with their demands for a two-time winner of the FIFA Best award, with there still 12 months left to run on his contract at the Allianz Arena, but a deal has now been put in place that suits all parties.
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Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has told Bild of a protracted transfer saga coming to a close: “In the end, FC Barcelona offered a sum that selling him made absolute sense for us. “We've also recently been very successful on the transfer market and signed an absolutely world-class player for the offence in Sadio Mane. So we have now reached an agreement with FC Barcelona. “So far, however, only verbally, the contract is still pending.” Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has told Bild: “In the end, FC Barcelona offered a sum that selling him made absolute sense for us. “We've also recently been very successful on the transfer market and signed an absolutely world-class player for the offence in Sadio Mane. So we have now reached an agreement with FC Barcelona. “So far, however, only verbally, the contract is still pending.”
Why are Barcelona signing Lewandowski?
The Blaugrana already have plenty of firepower in their ranks, with summer signing Raphinha joining an attacking unit that includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres. Barca are, however, forever in the market for the best talent available and an opportunity to acquire Lewandowski is too good to pass up. He may now be 33 years of age, but he remains one of the most fearsome frontmen on the planet. A remarkable strike rate at Bayern has seen him plunder 344 goals through 375 appearances, while playing a leading role in eight Bundesliga title triumphs and a Champions League win. That considerable experience is now set to be added to the ranks at Camp Nou, with Xavi preparing to work with another all-time great. Barca are preparing to head to America for the start of their pre-season programme, with Lewandowski set to join them there was the formalities of a move have been completed.
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