BERLIN, Germany, July 16 – Bayern Munich confirmed on Saturday that they have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the sale of Polish star Robert Lewandowski to the Spanish club.
“We have a verbal agreement from Barcelona. It’s good for both parties that we have clarity,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said on the club’s Twitter account.
“Robert is a very deserving player, he won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him for that.”
Bayern did not give details, but Spanish and German media reported that the double FIFA Men’s Player of the Year had agreed a four-year contract worth 50 million euros (50, $4 million), including five million potential add-ons.
Later, the Catalans confirmed the transfer of the 2020 Champions League winner.
“Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, subject to the player passing a medical and contracts being signed,” they said in a statement.
Forward Lewandowski has told German TV that he will join Barcelona’s squad on their United States tour from July 18-31.
The media reported that he would undergo his medical examination in Miami.
The agreement between the two teams closes the standoff with the 33-year-old player who declared at the end of May “it is certain that my story with Bayern is over”.
Bayern had only offered Lewandowski a one-year extension to his contract, which expires in the summer of 2023.
He was also unhappy with the salary offered and had clashed with Bavarian club coach Julian Nagelsmann over tactical choices.
– Abysmal debt –
Although he returned to training with Bayern a few days ago, Lewandowski arrived late every time, except this Saturday, when he took the opportunity to bid farewell to his teammates.
The official presentation of the Bayern squad then took place at 3:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. GMT) without him.
With his arrival imminent, Barcelona continue to go from strength to strength with ambitions of returning to the European forefront.
It is the club’s fourth summer transfer after Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie from AC Milan and Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on a free transfer, and Brazilian winger Raphinha, signed for 70 million euros from of Leeds.
It’s a very generous transfer window for a club that suffered from an abysmal debt, exceeding one billion euros, a few months ago.
Double European top scorer, Lewandowski, who will turn 34 next month, can bring experience to supervise a very young group, carried by Ansu Fati, Pedri, Gavi and Ferran Torres.
Lewandowski joined Bayern in 2014, scoring 344 goals in 375 competitive appearances and breaking the Bundesliga single-season goalscoring record.
He won the Bundesliga in each of his eight seasons with the club as well as the Champions League, Club World Cup and three German Cups.
Last season, “Lewy” scored 42 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions, including 35 goals in 34 league matches and 13 goals in 10 Champions League matches.
The striker’s official presentation as a Barcelona player isn’t expected to take place until he returns to Catalonia in early August.