BARCELONA ( Associated Press) — Barcelona announced on Saturday that it has reached a deal to acquire Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, a bold purchase from a club indebted to the world-class goalscorer who played Lionel Messi. Will help fill the void created by the passing of. ,
The two European giants reached an agreement in principle to transfer the Polish striker to Camp Nou.
“We have reached a verbal agreement with Barcelona. It is good to have clarity for all parties,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said on the club’s official Twitter account. He added that “Robert is an incredible player and he has won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him.”
Barca explained in a statement that the transfer is “pending the player passing a medical review and signing the contracts.”
Spanish media reported that the transfer would cost Barcelona around 50 million euros ($50.4 million).
Lewandowski, who turns 34 next year, has been one of the most prolific strikers of the past decade. This would greatly increase the chances of Barcelona rebuilding a competitive team after an untitled season following the departure of their record goalscorer Messi.
Lewandowski scored 312 goals in 384 Bundesliga games for Bayern and earlier Borussia Dortmund. With 35 goals in 34 games last season, he was the league’s top scorer for the seventh time. Barcelona’s top scorers last season were Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with 13 goals each.
Catalans also receive a proven winner. With Lewandowski, Bayern won the Champions League in 2020 after beating Barca 8-2 in the quarter-finals. He also won 10 Bundesliga titles, the German Cup four times and the Club World Cup.
If Lewandowski didn’t receive much personal acclaim, it was probably because of the dominance imposed by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lewandowski said in late May that “my story with Bayern Munich is over” because talks to extend his contract, which included another season, failed.
He will now join the Xavi Hernandez-led side, who have added Aubameyang and Ferran Torres for goals since Depay was injured and lost his initial job. For the game’s generation, they have Pedri González and Gavi Páez, two young and talented midfielders from the Spanish team.
Barcelona are deeply in debt mainly due to huge transfers and salaries paid by their previous executives. For the current addition, President Joan Laporta had to sell 10% of the television rights over the next 25 years for 207.5 million euros (dollars).
That infusion of money allowed them to sign Brazilian winger Rapinha and renew French striker Ousmane Dembele’s contract last week, with the hopes of challenging Real Madrid, the current Spanish and European champions, for the title next season. . According to the Spanish press, Barcelona agreed to pay Leeds of the English Premier League about 60 million euros (dollars) for Rapinha.
He also signed Danish defender Andreas Christensen and Ivorian midfielder Frank Casey, both free agents.
To recoup the expense, Barcelona announced this week that it had reached a deal with Manchester United for a possible transfer of the Dutch midfielder to the premier club for 75 million euros ($75 million), as well as 10 million in variables. has gone. But de Jong has approved the operation and according to press reports, he does not want to leave.
Associated Press player James Ellingworth contributed to this report from Düsseldorf, Germany.