Robert Lewandowski will complete his move to Barcelona this weekend, after Bayern Munich verbally accepted an increased offer worth up to €50m (£42.5m) for the 33-year-old forward.
Friday saw a breakthrough in negotiations, with Bayern now ready to let their star striker leave for a potential €50m, including add-ons. Lewandowski agreed personal terms with Barça as far back as February, and will finally sign the three-year contract over the weekend.
“We have come to a verbal agreement with Barcelona,” said the Bayern president Herbert Hainer in a statement on Saturday. “It’s good to have clarity for all parties. Robert is an incredible player and he won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him.”
The Poland international had been linked with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain after making clear his desire to move on from the Bundesliga champions with a year still left on his contract. Lewandowski did not want to discuss a potential transfer to any other club, though, and now appears to have got his desired move to the Camp Nou.
Lewandowski’s arrival will add to a busy summer of recruitment for Xavi’s side, despite their reported financial problems. The Brazil winger Raphinha completed his €58m move from Leeds on Friday, joining Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen, who were out of contract at Milan and Chelsea, respectively.
Having arrived in Munich from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, Lewandowski has scored an incredible 238 goals in 253 games. He has won eight league titles and one Champions League trophy at Bayern, and set a Bundesliga scoring record in 2020-21 with 41 goals.