We saw recent news that FC Barcelona was willing to offer Bayern Munich a €50million package for star striker Robert Lewandowski, but Barca reportedly expected to acquire the Polish star for a paltry €30million.
€30 million… for the best striker in the world? Sure, Lewandowski turns 34 in August, but role-players switch teams for numbers like this:
A recent report from Diario SPORT has provided an update on Barcelona’s hunt for Lewandowski, suggesting the club are confident of sealing the deal for the Pole for just over €30 million.
The general consensus on the transfer saga is that Barcelona have rejected their €32million offer from Bayern. But it seems that the Catalans are anticipating a change in attitude from the Bavarians after the likely conquest of Mane.
According to Fabrizio Romano (as recorded by The Hard Tackle), Barca’s next bid for Bayern will also be coming soon:
According to the well-known Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona is likely to make an offer for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the summer. The Polish international is also a target for Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for the 2022/23 season.
Robert Lewandowski has been a talisman figure for Bayern Munich since he came over from Borussia Dortmund nearly eight years ago. During his 12-year stint in the Bundesliga, the veteran striker was unmatched in terms of output, and he has built a legacy that will be talked about in the same breath as the legendary Gerd Muller.
€50 million? €30 million? Neither amount is really enough, but if I were to bet on this situation, it feels like Bayern Munich will approve a deal with Barcelona if the Catalans can secure a base transfer fee of €50 million, plus extras to bring the deal closer to €60 million — if Lewandowski or the team achieve certain goals.
It seems we know of one place Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer won’t go – Liverpool:
It has been a difficult year for Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. The former RB Leipzig player spent seven years under the Red Bull umbrella, six at Leipzig and one year on loan at Salzburg, before finally making a move to Bayern Munich just under a year ago.
AS Roma, Arsenal FC and Tottenham are all thought to be interested in signing the 28-year-old, but should Liverpool be in the race to sign the Austrian? Sabitzer could reportedly leave for just £12.8million, and given the open channel of communication between Liverpool and Bayern in the wake of the Sadio Mane deal, getting a deal for Sabitzer shouldn’t be too much of a problem . With the club unwilling to shell out a lot of money for a midfielder in the transfer market this summer as they choose to wait for Jude Bellingham, Sabitzer could be a smart alternative for a year.
But with (Liverpool) seemingly putting the brakes on new purchases following Calvin Ramsay’s announcement, Sabitzer could end up elsewhere. Now that Mane is in order, Liverpool and Bayern Munich may be stepping away from the negotiating table for a while, at least for now.
There’s a lot of Bayern Munich moving and shaking these days and we cover it all here at BFW. This week, however, some of the biggest news stories haven’t always revolved around transfers. Check out the big topics we have for this episode:
- A deep dive into the relationship between Joshua Kimmich and Julian Nagelsmann.
- A look at Leroy Sane’s protracted slump and why 2022/23 might not be so kind to the sometimes dazzling attacker.
- The latest transfer reports about Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry.
- Ryan Gravenberch’s arrival at Bayern Munich.
- Some sad news about some of our favorite prospects.
Manchester United may like Hoffenheim left-back David Raum, who had a great season at Sinsheim and also played for the German national team:
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FC Barcelona seems ready to take over César Azpilicueta:
FC Barcelona wants to attack well next season. The Catalans are hot for Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and are said to have already reached an agreement with Franck Kessié (AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (FC Chelsea).
He will replace Dani Alves, who will leave Barca after about six months. The problem for the clammy Barcelona managers, however, is that Azpilicueta still has a contract with Chelsea until 2023. Accordingly, a transfer fee is payable. According to Romano, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel also wants to convince his player to stay at Stamford Bridge. The defender played 474 games for the Londoners in ten years.
We have reached a point where there is a bit of calm in competitive matches for both club and international football, but there is plenty of news to follow in terms of Bayern Munich’s activity in the transfer market. They have already secured the signings of both Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax, while Sadio Mane’s move from Liverpool is a foregone conclusion pending his medical treatment later this week. The trio of players have certainly been a positive addition to Julian Nagelsmann’s roster, although we still don’t know what the near-term future holds for both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.
Germany also had a slew of (four to be exact) UEFA Nations League matches that gave Hansi Flick the chance to make some tweaks to his roster and get a good feel for some of the players he hasn’t had the chance to play for to do so in recent international breaks. They ended their run of games with a draw against Italy, a draw against England, a draw against Hungary and then an emphatic victory over Italy to close out that round of play.
In this episode of Bavarian Podcast Works, Tom and Teddy discuss:
- The arrival of Noussair Mazraoui
- The arrival of Ryan Gravenberch
- The expected arrival of Sadio Mane
- How the three signings fit into Nagelsmann’s systems
- How often do we think the signings will play?
- Bayern’s added depth
- Germany’s results in the Nations League matches
- Germany’s future Nations League matches in September ahead of the World Cup
Newcastle United appear to be close to a deal with Bayern Munich’s alleged transfer target Hugo Ekikike:
Personal terms have almost been agreed with Reims striker Hugo Ekikike ahead of his proposed move to Newcastle, but there is still work to be done. Ekitikik is currently on some free time after helping France U20s win the Toulon tournament. If the terms can be agreed, it is hoped that Ekikike will be on Tyneside next week for a medical and to complete the move.
Could Juventus star Paulo Dybala strike a deal with Inter Milan? It looks like a move to another Serie A side is a possibility:
As Italian media unanimously report, there was a lot going on at Inter Milan (last week). For example, the entourage of Milan Skriniar (27) and Alessandro Bastoni (23) made statements to the club that other addresses such as PSG, Manchester United , Tottenham or Chelsea have expressed an interest in the defenders. Paulo Dybala’s agent also made an appearance. The 28-year-old Argentinian is available on a free transfer this summer.
For anyone concerned about Germany’s recent performance, former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick had a decent way of making people feel a little more confident.
Germany beat Italy 5-2 in a game that wasn’t even that close.
Die Mannschaft was dominant from the start and never gave up. Here’s what we have in store for this episode:
- A look at how the scoring went.
- What looked different for Germany in this match compared to some previous matches.
- The offensive explosion sparked by Timo Werner, Thomas Müller and others.
- A good showing from the outside of the squad.
- Why Leroy Sane has to take some kind of break to get going again.