Robert Lewandowski is a more feasible target for Barcelona than Mohamed Salah or Erling Haaland, a report has revealed, and a method of cutting the cost has emerged.
Barcelona want to sign a proven goalscorer to increase their chances of getting back to where they belong next season. A recent 4-0 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico restored their optimism, but they are still 12 points behind their rivals (with one game in hand) in La Liga.
Next season, having a new number nine could be one of the steps they take to close the gap. President Joan Laporta has announced that they will make up to five signings, working within the budget.
Their financial problems practically exclude them from their activities Liverpool winger Salah and Borussia Dortmund center forward Haaland. Both have come up naturally on the club’s radar.
Instead, a more likely target – for sports journal – would be the Bayern Munich hitman, Lewandowski.
Considered by many to be the best player in the world in recent years, the Ballon d’Or title is still eluding the Polish international for a number of reasons. He feels that moving to Barcelona might be what he needs to finally write his name in that particular history book.
There have even been reports suggesting that he has an agreement in principle to join them. The problem is that he is still under contract with Bayern Munich until 2023.
Therefore, a transfer fee would be required to take it away. Given his impressive form, he would represent a huge investment for a 33-year-old.
According to Sport, Bayern ask for 65 million euros as a minimum transfer fee for Lewandowski. That equates to around £54.4 million.
To lower the cost of the operation, Barcelona could send Sergino Dest in the opposite direction. The report recalls that the right back is of interest to Bayern and Barcelona is not against his departure.
TEAMtalk recently revealed in an exclusive that USA international Dest appeals to Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United as well as. However, Bayern have long-standing interest and could get him in exchange for their star striker.
Lewandowski seeks a long contract with Barcelona
It would leave room for negotiation when it comes to the net cost of Barcelona being able to sign Lewandowski.
That will be music to the ears of the former Dortmund star. He has made the move to LaLiga his priority and wants to be part of the Barcelona project. In turn, his head coach, Xavi, believes he would be a suitable recruit.
Lewandowski has broken the 40-goal barrier in each of his last seven seasons at Bayern (including the current one). It means that he more than meets Xavi’s criteria of wanting a striker who can guarantee at least 20 goals per season.
The sticking point for the deal will continue to be the length of any contract. Part of the reason Lewandowski considers his cycle with Bayern closed is the fact that they are only willing to offer him a one-year extension.
In response, Barcelona may have to tempt him with a contract that would last three to four years. Ordinarily, he would be a gamble for a player Lewandowski’s age, but he shows no signs of slowing down.
The strategy could spread the costs of the operation and also impact the transfer fee that would correspond to Bayern, Sport say.
The deal for Lewandowski to join Barcelona is widely believed to be close. However, there is work to be done regarding the structure of the deal for the clubs.
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