FC Barcelona has just confirmed the arrival in its workforce of the Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski.
FC Barcelona has confirmed that an agreement has been reached for the arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. The Pole is the latest acquisition for the Blaugrana, who thus continue their reconstruction under Xavi’s thumb.
The confirmation of the agreement comes to end a long soap opera which began even before the end of the 2021-22 season. In the end, Barça therefore managed to afford a world-class player. The one he was so lacking since the departure of Lionel Messi.
How much did Barca pay for Lewandowski?
Barca will pay an initial sum of €45m to bring Lewandowski to Catalonia, and an additional €5m if certain clauses are met.
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A club statement said on Saturday: “FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, subject to the player passing the medical examination and the contracts being signed.”
How long is Lewandowski’s contract at Barcelona?
Lewandowski is expected to sign an initial three-year contract with an option to extend for another year, meaning he could stay at Camp Nou until the end of the 2025-26 season.
How could Barcelona afford Lewandowski?
FC Barcelona’s financial problems have been highly publicized this summer, which has raised eyebrows at the arrival of Lewandowski and other new Barca signings.
Blaugrana president Joan Laporta was given permission to sell club assets by Barca’s assembly of members last June, in order to target investment funds capable of providing financing so that operations can proceed. proceed normally in the short term.
They managed to sell an initial package of financial assets before concluding a €207.5 million deal with investment group Sixth Street on June 30, 2022.
The club sold 10% of its La Liga TV rights to the American company, which allowed it to turn a profit at the end of the 2021-22 financial year, taking a giant step towards economic recovery.
A second economic lever is being worked on to raise funds so that Barca will no longer exceed La Liga’s wage limit, with an additional 15% of their TV rights set to be sold in exchange for an additional €300m.
The Catalans are also selling a 49.9% stake in Barca Licensing and Merchandising, which will take their total revenue for the summer past €600m and allow them to register new players for the 2022 season. -23.
Why did Bayern let Lewandowski go?
Last May, Lewandowski expressed his desire to leave Bayern Munich, rather than go through with his contract at the Allianz Arena side. If Bayern didn’t appreciate the player’s public announcement, they finally decided to let him go.
Speaking to Bild on Saturday, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said: “At the end of the day FC Barcelona offered such a sum that selling him made absolutely sense to us. We’ve also had a lot of success recently on the transfer market and we have signed an absolutely world-class player in the person of Sadio Mané.”
Although he is more of a winger than a centre-forward, Mane could well be tasked with a more central role from the start of the new Bundesliga season if Bayern do not sign a position-for-position replacement for Lewandowski.
How will Barça evolve with Lewandowski?
The 33-year-old Polish striker will most likely be a regular starter at the Blaugrana, but he will face competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined the club in January 2022 and has featured regularly in Xavi’s squad in as number 9 during the second half of last season.
Memphis Depay is also still at the club, although he is expected to be sold before the end of the summer transfer window.
Lewandowski will also have plenty of creative players around him, with the signing of Raphinha from Leeds United and also Ousmane Dembele, who ended up signing a contract at the club. With all these beautiful people, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres will have a lot to do to appear in the starting lineup.
Who else will FC Barcelona recruit this summer?
FC Barcelona have already recruited Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessié, as well as Lewandowski, but it’s not over.
Chelsea’s two full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are on Xavi’s wishlist, while Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is also in the club’s sights, although the price of the Portuguese international is currently considered too high.
Other reinforcements in central defense were also mentioned, in particular the Frenchman Jules Koundé. The Sevilla full-back emerges as the number one option in this position after Kalidou Koulibaly signed up with Chelsea.