Barcelona confirm Robert Lewandowski arrival
Barcelona have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Bayern Munich to sign Robert Lewandowski.
Earlier this summer, the 33-year-old publicly admitted his desire to leave the Bundesliga champions, 12 months ahead of his contract expiry.
The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea were linked with a move for Lewandowski, although Thomas Tuchel ruled out the possibility of the Blues making a move.
Barcelona have long been considered the frontrunners for Lewandowski’s signature, although Bayern chiefs continued to rule out the prospect of the Poland international leaving the club.
However, those upstairs at the Allianz Arena have now relented, and Lewandowski is on his way to Barcelona after a €50m (£42.5m) deal was struck between the two clubs.
Lewandowski is reportedly set to sign a four-year deal at Camp Nou, and he has amassed 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern Munich over the past eight years – second only to Gerd Muller in the club’s all-time charts.
The striker’s exploits in Bavaria have also seen him named the Best FIFA Men’s Player on two occasions, and he will compete with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres in the Barcelona attack.
La Blaugrana have also spent big to bring Raphinha to the club from Leeds United this summer, and a new two-year deal has been agreed with Ousmane Dembele.
Lewandowski’s arrival could push Memphis Depay closer to the exit door, and the Dutch attacker is now understood to be on the club’s transfer list after just one season in Catalonia.
Depay is due to become a free agent in 2023, and fellow striker Martin Braithwaite is also expected to head for the exit door in the coming weeks.
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