Bayern Munich are still adamant that Robert Lewandowski will honour his contract with the German club and remain the team's striker until June 30, 2023, but the striker feels differently and wants to join Barcelona.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has shown that he is still determined to keep the Lewandowski at the club this summer, as he went to meet the Polish forward face to face.
According to a report from Sky Germany, Salihamidzic travelled to the striker's holiday home in Mallorca to persuade him to change his mind.
However, it was a meeting that did not have the desired effect, as the ex-Dortmund player is still keen to leave and join Barcelona.
Lewandowski has already stated on more than one occasion that he is ready to put an end to his time at Bayern and, according to Bild, he has again urged the German club to facilitate an exit.
Bayern Munich's faith in Lewandowski
Bayern are not willing to part with their striker, who they still trust to lead their front line.
Lewandowski has been the centrepiece of the Bavarian side ever since he joined from Dortmund in 2014.
He has scored a staggering 238 goals in 253 appearances and has cemented himself as an all-time Bayern legend.
At 33 years old, he appears to have decided definitively that he would like a fresh challenge and, with one year left on his current deal, he would like to leave.
Barcelona want to sign Lewandowski
Barcelona are the most heavily linked team, but Premier League side Chelsea are also in the picture as they are about to lose Romelu Lukaku.
For Barcelona, it'll be a matter of finances, in a summer where they're already bringing in Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.
Lewandowski’s future is dominating the agenda at the Allianz Arena, but former president Uli Hoeness hinted the club will hold the 33-year-old to his contract, if they cannot sign a replacement.
However, Lewandowski has continued on his crusade to secure a departure from the club, with a major hint over his preference to join Barcelona in the coming weeks.
“Loyalty and respect are more important than business but they don’t want to listen to me.
“I’ve always been at the club’s full disposal, but the best thing is to find a solution together. You can’t decide by going in one direction only.
“Something inside me is dead, I want to go away to have more emotions in my life.
“Who would want to join Bayern knowing what’s happening to me?
“I have not considered any other offer than that of Barcelona.”
Lewandowski’s latest comments will reignite the debate over how Bayern will handle the situation as they look to ensure a positive resolution.
The club are publicly claiming they will push Lewandowski to complete his contract if necessary, but that looks unlikely, with Barcelona plotting a move.
The main stumbling blocks to a deal come in Bavaria and Catalonia, with Liverpool rejecting Bayern’s initial offer for Sadio Mane, and Barcelona struggling to raise the €45m asking price.
Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich seem set to part ways this summer after eight seasons of profitable partnership at the Allianz Arena and despite the Bavarian club looking to hold onto the prolific Pole, whose contract still has a year to run, the striker seems set on experiencing a different league and appears to have decided he wants a move to Barcelona.
While Lewandowski’s agent has suggested a deal may be struck whereby Lewandowski remains at Bayern for another season and then leaves as a free agent, the player appears to be gearing up for a move this summer, as his interaction with Bayern fans after the final game of the Bundesliga season suggested.
Lewandowski open about Barcelona desire
Now, it appears that the gears may be in motion. According to German daily Bild, Lewandowski was involved in a telephone call that has all-but revealed where he will be playing next season. “Robert Lewandowski was talking on the pone in the dressing room,” Bild reported. “Although the conversation was in Polish, there was one word that all of his teammates understood,
even those with no knowledge of the language: Barcelona.” Several of the striker’s teammates heard Lewandowski mention Barcelona repeatedly and the Liga side have for a while ben considered the favourites to sign him if he decides to leave Bayern this summer.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not been drawn on his plans for strengthening Xavi’s squad this summer but confirmed that the club would be looking to add some new faces, telling Catalunya Ràdio: “We are working to be more competitive, but it is not easy because of the financial situation. We are also working to make the club’s economic situation healthy. When that has been achieved, we can carry out some operations.”
As well as Lewandowski, Barça have been linked with two Chelsea players - César Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen – as well as AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessié. “If we manage to straighten out the club’s finances, we can go about all the operations we are looking into,” Laporta added.