The Poland international’s contract with the German champions expires next summer, but he has stated that he will not be renewing it.
Robert Lewandowski has declared that his Bayern Munich career is “finished,” and that he will leave the club in the summer transfer window.
Lewandowski has reportedly told the Bundesliga giants that he ‘won’t sign a new agreement’ because he has already lined up a new club, with Polish television outlet TVP Sport recently reporting that Barcelona is in pole position to recruit the star. Bayern Munich’s contract with the 33-year-old striker expires in the summer of 2023, and the club is keen to prevent losing him as a free agent.
Last month, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn dismissed speculation that the Poland international might leave the club as he approaches the end of his contract. This caused Barcelona manager Xavi to address the forward’s transfer rumors directly, despite the fact that he had topped the 40-goal mark in seven consecutive seasons.
However, Lewandowski’s recent comments look to be an attempt by him to force a summer leave, which would almost surely put Bayern in a weakened negotiation position with a transfer becoming more plausible. Manchester United have been linked with a bid for the Poland international, but Barcelona are regarded to be the frontrunners.
In statements broadcast by Diario Sport on Monday, Lewandowski stated he would leave this summer but did not mention a specific club: “Am I excited about signing for Barca? It’s a significant question. I don’t want to be in this scenario. What is certain at the moment is that my time at Bayern is coming to an end.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to continue my career at this club.” Let’s see what we can come up with in the next two weeks; I don’t want to stay at the club and would prefer to concentrate on Poland. We’ll have time to discuss it after the Nations League, but I don’t see myself staying at Bayern.”
The striker went on to say that he hopes Bayern “doesn’t keep me just because they can,” before emphasizing that “my era at Bayern is gone.”
Lewandowski has already made touch with the Red Devils, though at a separate time at Old Trafford. Before signing Robin van Persie in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke with the young striker while he was still playing for Borussia Dortmund.
“I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson during my second year in Dortmund,” Lewandowski stated in 2020. “He invited me to Manchester.” I was quite curious. I’d even say I was prepared. Dortmund, on the other hand, refused to let me go. It didn’t bother me any more than that because everything was going good with Borussia.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo likely departing and Edinson Cavani going as a free agent, United has been linked with adding a striker in the summer window, joining Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Lee Grant, and Juan Mata.