When the Bayern Munich buyers took public steps to clear the air with Robert Lewandowski, it was a gesture of acceptance and reconciliation. Lewy’s departure seemed like FC Barcelona a fait accompli, all the more so with incoming Liverpool star Sadio Mane. But sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić is apparently making one last attempt to convince the incumbent striker to stay.
Brazzo met both the player and his agent Pini Zahavi in Mallorca last Wednesday, according to Sky Sport DE: apparently not with a new contract offer, but with a pitch for Lewy to fulfill his current contract which expires in 2023.
Florian Plettenberg said: “We heard it was a very valuable and detailed conversation.” Nevertheless, “it remains the same: Lewandowski wants to leave FC Bayern for FC Barcelona.”
Honestly? What could Brazzo have expected? Lewandowski has already reached an agreement with the Catalan club and the 34-year-old-to-be may be looking for the stability of a longer stay for himself and his family. And with Barca’s improved offerings on the way, pressure will once again be on Bayern to accommodate their player’s wishes – which would be exactly the smooth process that made Mane’s signing possible.
It took a phone call to bring about the current uneasy peace between the two camps. If these reports are correct, Bayern would once again take a tough stance, curious timing indeed.
It is also curious that this last-ditch effort follows Bayern after finalizing the terms for the Mane deal. First, it indicates that it would be within the club’s capabilities and sporting plans to accommodate both relatively older stars for at least a year. Mane will also reportedly earn €20 million, which equates to Lewy’s position at the top of the salary structure. Second, it suggests that Bayern’s hunt for strikers, including for previously linked players such as Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdžić, will be held indefinitely while the situation in Lewy resolves.
Perhaps the most interesting nugget here is that Lewy, Pini, and Brazzo all came face-to-face to sort it out. Oh, to be a fly on that wall! You can imagine Pini telling Brazzo to pound sand and threatening to turn the heating back on. We can assume that’s how it happened.
But there was no one else in the room where it happened.