Barcelona have made contact with Bayern Munich about the availability of Robert Lewandowski for a potential long-term move. The Catalans are set to make an official offer which will see them pay £87m up front, plus €15m in add ons and bonuses if they can complete the deal before July 1st.
Robert Lewandowski is a footballer who plays for Bayern Munich. Barcelona are reportedly seeking his services for the long term.
FC Barcelona is apparently interested in Robert Lewandowski, 33, and wants to offer him a long-term contract when his current agreement with Bayern Munich expires. Getty Images/Boris Streubel
The summer transfer season is nearing, and speculation about who will go where is rife. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
TOP STORY: Barcelona is interested in signing Robert Lewandowski on a long-term contract.
According to Sport, Barcelona is aiming to do all possible to get Robert Lewandowski to the Nou Camp this summer.
The Spaniards are apparently aiming to recruit the 33-year-old Polish international on a three-year contract, with the striker presently weighing his options rather than extending his current Bayern Munich contract, which is slated to expire in 2023.
Lewandowski is said to be looking for a fresh challenge, especially following Bayern’s stunning Champions League exit at the hands of Villarreal. Barcelona, meanwhile, is thought to feel he has the attitude and leadership traits that have been lacking since Lionel Messi’s departure last summer.
Lewandowski has 309 goals in 379 games for Bayern Munich, but he looks unsure about extending his stay in Germany. Although Lewandowski’s discussions with Bayern are expected to continue, it seems like Barca will be able to provide him with the long-term stability he seeks.
Bayern Munich is hesitant to let its star go, but they would explore a trade if he could fetch roughly €60 million. Barca wants to spend closer to €25 million, so there is still a lot of work to be done between the two teams.
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09.47 BST: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that Liverpool’s team is stronger than his own, indicating that he wants the club to spend massively in the summer.
Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, as well as right-back Kyle Walker, were all injured as City fell 3-2 to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley on Saturday (see the replay on ESPN+ in the United States).
Both teams are still vying for the Premier League crown, and they are set to face in the Champions League final.
When asked whether Liverpool’s roster is better than City’s following the FA Cup, Guardiola replied: “Yes, for now. Kevin was unable to participate, Kyle was unable to play, and Gundogan suffered a knee injury. It’s OK if everyone is in good shape.”
– Weekend recap: Is Liverpool capable of completing the quadruple?
08.51 BST: Eden Hazard, according to his brother, Cercle Brugge player Kylian Hazard, will turn down a transfer this summer to establish himself at Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard has been linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal, but Kylian thinks his brother will attempt to improve his form, which has been underwhelming and plagued by injuries since his arrival to the Bernabeu from Chelsea. Real and Arsenal are said to have had discussions, but it seems that Hazard does not want to leave the club before he reaches his peak form.
“He’s not going to let Real go until he proves he’s the best there,” Kylian, who is now on loan at Belgian second-tier side RWDM, told RTBF. “He’s proved himself at every club he’s been, and he doesn’t want to go in my opinion.”
“He’s not going anywhere, I don’t believe. I don’t believe he’ll remain if the president wants him to go and he knows he has little chance of playing. But one thing is certain: he will go to any length to show that he is Real’s top player.’”
08.00 BST: Ajax technical director Gerry Hamstra has said that the club is trying all possible to persuade Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to remain at the club.
According to ESPN, Ten Hag is nearing an agreement to join United, with insiders claiming that formal confirmation of the Dutchman’s hiring may come as soon as the end of April.
Hamstra, who took over as Ajax’s senior technical manager when Marc Overmars stepped down earlier this year, said the club is now prepared for both his stay and departure.
“Erik ten Hag has sparked curiosity, which is to be expected. He’s done an amazing job “Ajax lost 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final, according to Hamstra.
“We’re hoping he’ll remain.” We must keep to the facts, and he has not yet departed. He, like us, is still focused on Ajax.
“[To retain him at Ajax], we did all we could.] That was keeping us pretty busy. He responded by stating that he is now concentrating on Ajax. Now we’re ready for two possibilities: Ten Hag might remain or depart.”
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GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Nick Judd)
– According to the Sun, Borussia Dortmund is pressuring Manchester City to make a decision on Erling Haaland. They think the German club wants a decision as soon as possible so they can arrange for a successor for the 21-year-old striker. Haaland’s contract includes a £64 million release clause that kicks in this summer, and Manchester City are leading the battle to sign him ahead of Real Madrid. Dortmund have not given up hope of convincing Haaland to remain, but with City manager Pep Guardiola allegedly anxious to sign a striker, it seems that this summer may be the time for the Norwegian to go on to greener pastures.
– According to Football Insider, Everton midfielder Richarlison has directed his agency to find him a new club at the conclusion of the season. The 24-year-old is presently involved in a relegation struggle with Everton as he attempts to keep the team in the Premier League, but regardless of the outcome, he is eager to leave the club in quest of Champions League play. The Brazilian forward’s current contract has two years remaining on it, but despite tense conversations between the club and the player’s representation, it seems like he will leave at the conclusion of the season.
– According to Sport, Barcelona is eager to resolve Philippe Coutinho’s future before June so that they can focus on their finances and squad upgrades. The Catalan club wants €40 million for the offensive midfielder, who is presently on loan at Aston Villa. Villa manager Steven Gerrard wants Coutinho to remain permanently, but the club is hesitant to pay the asking amount and instead want to negotiate a cheaper cost. Barca, on the other hand, may urge the 29-year-representation old’s to speak with other teams. In the end, Barcelona wants to enhance their team this summer, but they need to get go of players like Coutinho before they can enter the transfer market.
– Alexandre Lacazette is expected to leave Arsenal this summer, according to L’Equipe, and the 30-year-old might return to his previous club Lyon. Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 and is desired by the Ligue 1 club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, whose contract is scheduled to end in June. Lyon contacted Lacazette earlier this year in the hopes of getting him to sign a pre-contract agreement, but they’re expecting to close the deal at the second attempt. Lyon is also interested in acquiring Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, but Lacazette is considered as the more straightforward option.
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